King Tomislav Square as Symbol of Zagreb

King Tomislav Square is one of those squares that fits in with the famous green or Lenuci horseshoe. Before the completion, it had only the name Square »L«, because the squares were then marked in letters, and street numbers were numbered. By building a  train station on the square from 1895, it was named after the Emperor and King Franjo Josip (Franz Joseph), so after the break-up of Austro-Hungarian Empire it  was finally named after the first Croatian king Tomislav.

King Tomislav Square is decorated as a parter garden with fountain and statue of King Tomislav.

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Significant Architectural Facilities

When you find yourself at  King Tomislav Square, there are three significant facilities  that should be definitely visited. These are the Art Pavilion, the Main  Train Station and the Feller House.

Art Pavilion

Construction of Art Pavilion was inspired by the painter Vlaho Bukovac.  It is built in 1898 by using the Iron Curtain of the Croatian Pavilion at the Millennium Exhibition in Budapest. In a stylistic view, it is a mixture of classical elements with the occurence of the Secession. The work was carried out by famous architects Helmer and Fellner who also built the Croatian National Theater.

Main Train Station

The construction of the Main Station building began in 1890 and was officially inaugurated in 1892. It was designed in a neoclassical style decorated with various sculptures and decorations.

Unfortunately, it has become a barrier to the development of the city towards the south. It is 186.5 meters long and is designed by Ferenc Pfaff, a Hungarian architect who built the railway stations in Rijeka, Bratislava, Pécs, and Timisoara.  On the exit of the building you have a beautiful view on the King Tomislav Square. You can notice the buildings surrounding it and the palaces that give a special charm to the square itself.

Towards the north, you will notice the exceptional monument to King Tomislav.  Behind you will see the Art Pavilion and the  Main Cathedral belfry. In conclusion, all together, monuments sink into a spotlessly maintained green garden. Above all, on our left we look at Starcevic Square and Hotel Esplanade.  On the corner of the squares at Starcevic’s House you can enjoy to see monument to Father of Homeland, Ante Starcevic.

Feller House

Feller House is one of the most significant Bastl ‘s achievements. The house was built between 1905 and 1906. In the design of  Feller House, Bastl reaches its highest artistic imagination. The corner of this building is dominated by an unexpected and grotesque detail – a double floor of Feller’s universal tonicum. Namely, as Josep Kallin with the majolica facade of his house would point to the value of the building ceramics he produced, so Feller would in this way, quite transparently advertise his product. Elsa-Fluid itself represented a monument of distinctly distinctive features, with its artistic attractiveness, with a corner dome, which with both sides retained human figures, faces of uneven heights, and balconies, facades and numerous decorations, most of which contributed to the transparency of bottles on the corner of the building  plastic values.

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