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Northern Velebit National Park
Ranked #1 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Mountains
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Ranked #2 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Castles
Owner description: Trsat Castle represents a strategically embossed gazebo on a hill 138 meters above sea level that dominates Rijeka. As a... more » Owner description: Trsat Castle represents a strategically embossed gazebo on a hill 138 meters above sea level that dominates Rijeka. As a parochial centre it was mentioned for the first time in 1288. Trsat Castle is one of the oldest fortifications on the Croatian Coast, where the characteristics of the early medieval town construction have been preserved. Today Trsat Castle, beside the Bazilisk souvenir shop and the Gradina coffee bar, is enriched with new facilities – gallery space where art exhibitions are held as well as open-air summer concerts and theatre performances as well as fashion shows and Literary evenings. Within Trsat Castle, at the Petra Zrinskog b.b. Address, is the Trsat Castle Info Point where any information about this building and the town of Rijeka can be found. « less
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Ranked #3 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Museums
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Ranked #4 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Historic Sites; Neighborhoods
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Ranked #5 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Ferries/ Boats
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Ranked #6 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Architectural Buildings; Theaters
Owner description: Built in 1885 as a city theatre according to the design of the specialized Vienna Helmer and Fellner workshop, which designed... more » Owner description: Built in 1885 as a city theatre according to the design of the specialized Vienna Helmer and Fellner workshop, which designed similar buildings throughout the Austro-Hungary of the time. Matsch, Kauffungen and Fritsch, and the Klimt brothers, permanent associates of the workshop, were charged with equipping the theatre, contributing to the pronounced central European atmosphere of the town. The exterior is adorned by figurative compositions of Music and Drama by Venetian sculptor Benvenutti. The opening of the theatre was marked by a performance of Verdi's Aida. « less
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Ranked #7 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: At the beginning of the 20th century, Korzo started to assume its modern-day outlines. The main promenade and meeting-point... more » Owner description: At the beginning of the 20th century, Korzo started to assume its modern-day outlines. The main promenade and meeting-point for Rijeka citizens as well as the construction area used in building the symbolic palaces demonstrate various styles including Classical, Historical, Secessional, and Modernist. Urban regulations appeared in the latter half of the 19th century, but these meant only an intensification of the rate of raising the seabed (with sand), and grand public constructions which appear to have very developed the seabed. Even then, at the turn of the century, the picture is of a littoral town straitened by its walls. Today, is hard to believe that until the sea-trench was filled-in and the town walls pulled down, this was only a gravel sea coast with a few wooden embankments and storehouses, a shipyard and a city log house which traded in cereals, fish and salt. « less
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Ranked #8 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Museums
Owner description: Rijeka’s St. Vitus Cathedral is the only Baroque rotunda of monumental dimensions built on Croatian land. The construction of... more » Owner description: Rijeka’s St. Vitus Cathedral is the only Baroque rotunda of monumental dimensions built on Croatian land. The construction of this church began in 1638 based on the design of the Jesuit architect G. Brian. The eminent Venetian church, Santa Maria della Salute, served as s model. An elevated spot was chosen for the construction of St. Vitus church at the heart of the then medieval urban tissue. Initially there was a small church of the same name located on the same site, dedicated to the city’s patron saint. The Jesuit order, as creator of the project, immediately decided to use the cult of the wooden Magic crucifix from the original church, which popular legend says began to bleed when a certain Petar Lončarić, threw a stone on it in fear after losing at gambling. « less
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Ranked #9 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
  • Not in Rijeka11/26/2012
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #10 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The Our Lady of Trsat Sanctuary, the oldest sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Croatia, which is daily visited by... more » Owner description: The Our Lady of Trsat Sanctuary, the oldest sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Croatia, which is daily visited by numerous pilgrims both from Croatia and abroad. It is famous for its numerous concessions and for the pilgrimages by numerous believers throughout the year, and especially on the Assumption of Mary holiday. The Sanctuary includes the Church of Our Lady of Trsat, the Franciscan monastery, the thesaurus, the Chapel of oath gifts, Mary’s park and Pope John Paul II’s pastoral centre. « less
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Ranked #11 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Saint Mary of the Assumption Church is located along the Roman decumanus road, close to the eastern edge of the former city... more » Owner description: Saint Mary of the Assumption Church is located along the Roman decumanus road, close to the eastern edge of the former city walls and close to the first port on the Rječina River. The church’s interior is decorated with baroque sculptures created by Jacopo Contiero, Giovanni and Leonardo Paccassi, Pasuale Lazzarini, Antonio Michelazzi, Sebastian Petruzzi and with stucco works created by Giulio Quario. The altarpieces are mainly the works of Ljubljana painter, Valentin Metzinger and also Ivan Franjo Gladić. The gravestones exhibited around the church belong to members of the brotherhoods, patrician families and of priests who were buried in the church up until 1901. « less
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Ranked #12 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: St Jeronimo’s Church and the area of the current Dominican monastery, are part of the large Augustinian monastery complex... more » Owner description: St Jeronimo’s Church and the area of the current Dominican monastery, are part of the large Augustinian monastery complex founded in 1315 by the feudal rulers of Rijeka, the Devinski counts, and was terminated throughout the first half of 15th century by their successors, the Walsee barons. The votive chapels of the Holy Trinity and of the Immaculate Conception are the most important gothic monuments in Rijeka. The Holy Trinity chapel was built by Rijeka captain, Raunacher Martin and his wife Maragrit in 1450 and their emblems can be found on the cantilevers at the entrance to the chapel and remains of frescoes on the gothic ribbed vault are evidence of the influence of the gothic cultural circle. « less
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Ranked #13 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Gradski Toranj (City Tower), a symbol of Rijeka, is a good example of a typical round tower access-point, which lead into the... more » Owner description: Gradski Toranj (City Tower), a symbol of Rijeka, is a good example of a typical round tower access-point, which lead into the fortified town. Today it dominates the central part of Korzo, although it was, during its time, overtopped by more recently constructed buildings. It was built in the Middle Ages, probably on the foundations of the Late Ancient, littoral town doors. Some baroque phases of its construction can be seen on the lower part of the front of the Tower, which are characterised by a richly decorated portal, an imperial coat of arms carved out of stone and a relief of the Austrian emperors Leopold and Charles VI. Rijeka paid them special respect due to the maritime orientation they introduced into the state policies of the Austrian court. « less
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Ranked #14 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #15 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
  • Gorgeous building06/20/2012
Category: Architectural Buildings
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Ranked #16 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: t the very heart of the Astronomical Centre, which is comprised of an observatory, a small and a large hall and additional... more » Owner description: t the very heart of the Astronomical Centre, which is comprised of an observatory, a small and a large hall and additional facilities, is a digital planetarium. In order to explain it better, we will compare it to the observatory – whereas in the observatory the visitors can observe a real image of the space via telescope, the planetarium uses digital technology in order to display a simulated picture of the universe.The digital planetarium in Rijeka is the only one of its kind in Croatia and the wider region. It is a hall in form of an amphitheatre, providing 50 seats and 2 additional seats for persons with limited mobility. Once comfortably seated, visitors can enjoy projections (live presentations) of the skyline and celestial objects or watch films on astrology and underwater world, which are displayed on an 8 m diameter dome above their heads. « less
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Ranked #17 of 33 attractions in Rijeka
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Ferries/ Boats; Lookouts
Owner description: The existing breakwater of the main port’s pool is famously known as the “molo longo” because of its length of 1707 m which... more » Owner description: The existing breakwater of the main port’s pool is famously known as the “molo longo” because of its length of 1707 m which today function as a passenger terminal and coastal promenade. Besides the bathing area, the lighthouse on the breakwater’s top. The lost values of relaxation and entertainment by the sea shore found their place amongst the numerous events that take place in the new building of the maritime passengers’ terminal. « less
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Category: Art Museums
Owner description: The museum collects works of art by Rijeka artists from 19th century and both Croatian and foreign artists from 20th and 21st... more » Owner description: The museum collects works of art by Rijeka artists from 19th century and both Croatian and foreign artists from 20th and 21st centuries. « less
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Category: Art Museums; History Museums
Owner description: The museum Includes eleven collections: fine arts, arts & crafts, numismatics, valuable objects, medals, arms from the Second... more » Owner description: The museum Includes eleven collections: fine arts, arts & crafts, numismatics, valuable objects, medals, arms from the Second World War and from the Croatian War of Independence, a collection of theatre and film material, philately, photography, press and technical collections. « less
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Category: Natural History Museums
Owner description: Besides the botanical garden, the museum is a multimedia centre with an aquarium containing species from the Adriatic Sea.... more » Owner description: Besides the botanical garden, the museum is a multimedia centre with an aquarium containing species from the Adriatic Sea. Besides fish, sharks and sea rays, the museum also conserves species of insects, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Ideal entertainment for both children and adults. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: St. Sebastian’s Church is a small building, but with very long biography. It is above all important for the history of... more » Owner description: St. Sebastian’s Church is a small building, but with very long biography. It is above all important for the history of Rijeka’s health culture as it is dedicated to the protector against the plague. In the middle ages, this disease decimated the whole of Europe, and the Rijeka area was not an exception. As a pledge after the disappearance of the plague, on the area of the current building, a smaller one was built at the end of 13th century. The new, baroque church appeared on its site in the 16th century. This can be seen by the inscription situated above the entrance to the building, with the year marked as 1562. In accordance with its size, the church is not richly furnished. However, it is interesting not only as testimony to the horrible disease which once devastated the Rijeka area. In it valuable objects were stored from numerous small churches in the surrounding areas of Rijeka that appeared during the 18th century. « less
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Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: The Rijeka synagogue is the successor of the hospitable facility from 1903 which disappeared in the Second World War.... more » Owner description: The Rijeka synagogue is the successor of the hospitable facility from 1903 which disappeared in the Second World War. Although it is located just a few hundred metres from the one that disappeared, the synagogue that is today used by the city’s Jewish community greeted the end of the war without being damaged. It was built in 1932 as smaller facility with an unexpected architectonic appearance. Today it is the only temple of its kind in Croatia from the modernism period. It was designed by architects Vittorio Angyal and Pietro Fabbro. The lines of the building are simple, of clear modernistic spirit with elements of Mediterranean influence and associations to Art Deco details. In 2008 the synagogue’s reconstruction was terminated during which the building received its initial appearance again. Besides other things, its two altars and oath chest were restored. The Rijeka synagogue is the only facility constructed with the purpose of its kind in Croatia and still operates in its original ritual function. « less
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The launching ramp from 1930s is an item belonging to the closed torpedo production factory. It is proof of the technical... more » Owner description: The launching ramp from 1930s is an item belonging to the closed torpedo production factory. It is proof of the technical inventive of Rijeka during this period and at the same time is an important world landmark of industrial heritage. The torpedo factory was founded on the outline of ideas by Rijeka inhabitant, Giovanni Luppis with regard to a defence weapon known as the “saviour of the shore”. Luppis was engaged with his idea at the beginning of 1860s, without success. Fortunately, the idea interested Robert Whitehead, the director of the Rijeka Technical Institute. Based on Luppis’ idea, Whitehead developed a solution that resembled a metal fish and called it torpedo. The prototype was tested in 1866 and in 1875 the Institute became the R. Whitehead & Co. Torpedo Factory. It was the first torpedo factory in the world. The ramp, which dates back to 1930, simulated the launching of projectiles from ships and planes. « less
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Category: History Museums
Owner description: Located in the beautiful Governor’s Palace building, it preserves a large part of Rijeka's history and maritime tradition.... more » Owner description: Located in the beautiful Governor’s Palace building, it preserves a large part of Rijeka's history and maritime tradition. Besides its continuous ethnographic exhibition, visit our collection of furniture and portraits of people from Rijeka’s public life. « less
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Category: Architectural Buildings; History Museums
Owner description: Construction of the Governor’s Palace began in 1892 during the period of Governor Lajos Batthyány's rule and based on the... more » Owner description: Construction of the Governor’s Palace began in 1892 during the period of Governor Lajos Batthyány's rule and based on the design of one of the leading Hungarian architects of the time, Alajos Hauszmann who had already proved himself on the project of the King's Palace and the Parliament building in Budapest. On a surface area of 12 000 m² a simple and monumental corpus of the detached neo-Renaissance palace was built based on models of the famous Palladi's works, a French park with two fountains and balustrades made of wrought iron and two-leaf doors with sentry boxes.Today, the Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral can be found at the palace founded in 1961 which contains a maritime, cultural and historical, ethnographical and archaeological department. Part of the exhibits of original pieces from the Governor’s palace are presented in lounges, including the furniture and objects of the art crafts belonging to the periods from the Renaissance to Historicism as well as a collection of portraits of the most notable Rijeka citizens. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The Capuchin church of Our Lady of Lourdes was built from 1904 until 1929 in accordance with plans by engineers Giovanni... more » Owner description: The Capuchin church of Our Lady of Lourdes was built from 1904 until 1929 in accordance with plans by engineers Giovanni Maria Curet and Cornelio Budinich. The modestly conceived neo-Gothic building ordered by the nuns of the Jesus Heart Institute was soon replaced by a monumentally conceived church in honour of the magical cure of the guardian of the capuchin monastery, father Bernardin Škrivanić in Lourdes. It was built as a double neo-Gothic basilica with rich polychrome art carried out in the Lombard fashion. In the beginning, in 1907, the church of the Our Lady of Sorrows was built followed by the 70 metre-long church of Our Lady of Lourdes from 1914 until 1929. The sanctuary was decorated with polychrome stained glasses, and the church’s front facades and altar plaster were decorated by the Venetian sculptor Urbano Bottasso and Rijeka carver, Antonio Marietti. Frescoes in the interior were painted by the famous Rijeka painter, Romolo Venucci. Although the 75 metre-high lighthouse was never built on the church, it became an unavoidable sign for all passengers. « less
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Category: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: The Old Gateway or Roman Arch is not a Roman arch as was once presumed, but was in fact the main entrance to the central... more » Owner description: The Old Gateway or Roman Arch is not a Roman arch as was once presumed, but was in fact the main entrance to the central compound of the Roman Tarsatica in late antiquity, an ancient town on whose ruins medieval Rijeka was built. The instincts of Rijeka’s populace in calling this ancient monument simply the Gateway have been proved right, the epithet Roman Arch being gradually accepted since Classicism, when it started to be documented and researched. This Principia was the main centre, supply base and the starting point of the Alpine enclosure, composed of scores of kilometers of protective walls, turrets, guard-houses and larger fortifications usually on high ground which were able to signal to one another, all built with the aim of blocking barbarian incursions towards Italy, the centre of the Roman Empire. « less
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Category: Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The existing urban-architectural complex is primarily Secession in style, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century... more » Owner description: The existing urban-architectural complex is primarily Secession in style, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century after a feudal castle, located at the site of today's Palace of Justice, was demolished. The Palace was designed by the Budapest-born architect G. Czigler, while the supporting masonry across the street is attributed to the Secession architect G. Rubinich. Both the masonry and the supporting masonry built in monumental rustic style, at places even with stylised cannon holes, are imposing and sad reminders of the fortifications erased by them. « less
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Category: Museums
Owner description: Titanic-Carpathia ... 100 years later – with this exhibition Rijeka Faculty of Maritime Studies marked the hundredth... more » Owner description: Titanic-Carpathia ... 100 years later – with this exhibition Rijeka Faculty of Maritime Studies marked the hundredth anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and soon after opening the exhibition received a permanent place in the hall on the first floor. Special emphasis is placed on the ship Carpathia, whose crew rescued survivors from the Titanic and its connection to Rijeka.Maritime Military Academy, 1866-1914 - an exhibition dedicated to the long and rich history of the faculty which raised some of the highest officers, as well as some of the well-known Admirals and naval commanders from several Central Europe countries. It is set on the first floor in front of the Dean's office.Giants of the Sea - Faculty is honored to have in its possession original copies of series of paintings by the famous painter from Rijeka Nevenko Zunic named Giants of the Sea. « less
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