The clock on Zagreb’s main Ban Jelačić square | © My Beautiful Europe
Ban Jelačić Square
Ban Jelačić square, central square of Zagreb, is a heart of the city and the main meeting point for the people in Zagreb. The square exists since the 17th century and is named after 19th century Ban (Governor) Josip Jelačić. A horsecar line passing through the square's southern side was introduced in 1891 but replaced by electric trams in 1920-1911. Manduševac fountain, located in the eastern part of the square, was built above a natural spring that provided Zagreb with drinking water until the end of the 19th century. In the second half of 20th century car traffic became too heavy so in 1975 the square became a car-free zone. After World War II the name of the square was changed to “Republic Square”, only to return to its previous title in 1990. Buildings surrounding the square are made in different architectural styles ranging from classicism, secession and modernism.
Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, 10000