According to a legend, the city of Zagreb was founded when a brave knight, in order to satisfy the thirst of a girl called Mandusa, scratched the ground with a sword, and revealed a water source. It was actually a magical event, as the couple was granted a vision of the city’s grandiose future. On the precise locality of the sword scratch, one can today find the fountain of Mandusevac, named after the aforementioned girl. All this happened more than nine centuries ago. The gallery we bring you now are not from that area, but are charming nevertheless. Prepare to discover the vintage Christmas photos of Zagreb.
Above is what having a game of ice hockey looked like in Zagreb’s middle twentieth centuy. The photo was taken less than a decade after World War II, meaning these people might actually be armed forces veterans. It’s nice to see them with hockey rods instead of rifles.
The snowy weather in 1942 looked charming, despite the ferocious fighting between Allies and Axis forces just a few kilometers away. Note that the statue of Ban Jelacic (the person mounted on a horse and carrying a saber) was looking north-wise.
This is not a photo, but a Croatian postcard for Season’s greetings. It depicts Kamenita Vrata, a site in Zagreb where the precious painting of Mary, a work of art which miraculously survived the blaze which engulfed the city, is stored. It is estimated that postcard was produced in early 20th century.
The next in line of our Vintage Christmas Photos of Zagreb comes from 1958. It again shows the photo of Count Jelacic Square. Those who visited the contemporary look of the place know it has a completely new traffic regulation. For example, no cars are allowed.
In the year 1942, the market of Christmas trees was located on Petar Preradovic square. Note the horses in lower right corner.
As one can see, Croats have always cared about Christmas time. Even in the years of World War II, and post-war society they kept their customs and joys of the season.