In Varaždin: a photo album - Balkan Dreams - CycleBlaze

September 1, 2020

In Varaždin: a photo album

We experienced our first rain of the tour yesterday afternoon, and are still experiencing it this morning.  It’s due to pass by late morning, but for now we have a morning to sleep in a bit longer and relax until the streets dry out a bit.

A good time to finally get around to posting some photos of the city that I’ve been collecting for the last few days.  

Let’s explore the historic center of Varazdin and it’s remarkable collection of baroque churches, palaces and public buildings. At its heart, it’s a roughly four block by four block square, almost completely pedestrianized. Here, we’re entering it from the southwest, only about a block from our apartment.
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On the left is the 17th century Franciscan Church of Saint John the Baptist.
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In front of the Church of Saint John the Baptist is this statue of Grgur Ninski, a smaller scale version of the famous one in the Diocletian Palace in Split. Note that his bronze big toe is shiny from the countless people that walk by and rub it for luck.
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Another view of Saint John the Baptist Church.
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Looking north up one of the side streets, we see the Ursuline Church. It’s Sunday afternoon, the shops are all closed, and the streets are virtually empty except for folks sitting around in cafes and bars.
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It’s a bit busier around sundown, when the day has cooled down; but it’s never been at all congested.
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Jen GrumbyLooks like a great city to walk around .. and I think it's a sign of good luck to capture a happy youngster holding colourful cotton candy.
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This is Tomislava Square. At the far end is the city hall.
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The town hall was established in 1543, but it’s modern appearance, including the dominating clock tower, were constructed when it was restored after the great fire of 1776.
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One of the fine buildings that line Tomaslava Square.
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Looking south, with the town hall clock tower rising above the rooftops.
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Just a street scene.
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And another. A pretty place, Varaždin.
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Bruce LellmanAre you sure you are not in the Croatian village section of Universal Studios in L.A.? Did you even leave the U.S.?
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Scott AndersonTo Bruce LellmanDrat! Someone figured it out. It’s true, we were bounced back at the border. Universal was always our fallback plan.
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Sermage Palace is a striking building, but one hard to photograph because the square opposite is dominated by a street side cafe.
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Ahead is the parish Church of Saint Nicolas, another of the defining highlights of the city skyline.
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The Saint Nicolas Church, built in 1762, is named for the patron saint of the town.
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Saint Nicolas Church casts its shadow on Skolska Street.
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Bruce LellmanI love this town.
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Scott AndersonTo Bruce LellmanSo do I. It really has a magical air. I’m so glad we decided to devote so much time here.
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Another view of Saint Nicolas Church, and a city government building.
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And one more.
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Varazdin is a great city for bicycling.
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A Romani family wheeling down toward town hall. Romani are the largest ethnic minority in the region.
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Come to Varaždin. This could be you!
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Most of the old city is well maintained, but you find a few battered walls and windows here and there.
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This and the following photos are from outside the Pritratki Gallery. Pritratki specialized in creating works of art out of ordiary objects.
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At the Pritratki Gallery.
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At the Pritratki Gallery.
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At the Pritratki Gallery.
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Jen GrumbyThese are all so cool!!

I could see myself taking dozens of photos here.

If you have a chance to go back, I'll bet the GBO would love to pose with one of these fine pieces.
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Scott AndersonTo Jen GrumbyFunny you should say that just now. He’s been whining about being left out, so I packed him in the under bag for a spin through the vineyards tomorrow. It might work to swing by this place as well.
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The remaining photos are all from the oddly named Old Town (Stari Grad).  Odd, because it’s just outside the area we’ve been looking at above that I’d think of as the old town, and mostly consists of the castle and the earthen walls surrounding it.  We walked around it after dinner on Saturday night when the sun was going down, so the photos are all a bit dark.  We should make it back there again before we go.

The approach to the castle.
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The earthen works around the castle make a nice spot to watch the sun go down.
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The Church of Saint Floriana. It’s too bad we weren’t here about fifteen minutes earlier.
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The castle, of course.
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Saint Laurence Chapel is illuminated by a rotating colored light display.
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The Church of Saint Floriana.
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Left to right: the town hall, the moon, the cathedral, and the Franciscan Church.
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