Trg Bana Jelačića

Trg Bana Jelačića, Zagreb

Ban Jelacic Square - Most important information

Ban Jelacic Square is the central gathering place in all of Zagreb. Located in the heart of the city, it was created at the foot of the settlements of Kaptola and Gradec. What makes the square recognizable is the statue of ban Josip Jelacic, the famous general and ban of the kingdoms of Croatia and Slavonia. Today, Ban Jelacic Square is an unmissable location when visiting Zagreb, but also one of the biggest attractions in the city.

History of Ban Jelacic Square
During its history, the Square changed its name several times, depending on the events on the Square and the characteristics of that time. In the beginning, its location was highly suitable for trade development, and for a while, it was called Harmica. Such a name comes from the Hungarian word for a customs duty collected for goods. It was given its current name during the life of ban Jelacic. However, this did not last long, and already during the Second World War, the name of the Square was changed to Trg Republike. The old name was returned to it in 1990, and since then, it has been recognized by the famous ban. The famous monument to Ban Josip Jelacic was made by the Austrian sculptor Anton Fernkorn. The memorial was removed from that place throughout history and returned in 1990, on the ban's birthday. Although before, the statue faced north, according to the Hungarians, the authorities of the time decided that the monument should face south.

Significance of Ban Jelacic Square
  • A popular meeting place: Ban Jelacic Square is today a trendy place in Zagreb, while it is also the center of all the city's events. The location is known for gatherings and meetings and was popularly known as the watch or the tail.
  • The legend about the fountain and the name of the town: The square is located near the Mandusevac fountain, where the spring is also located. According to legend, the selection was named after the girl Manda who gave water to the soldiers who passed by. Also, it is believed that the city of Zagreb got its name from that shop because she grabbed water from the well and made many soldiers happy and invigorated. Today, the Mandusevac fountain is believed to fulfill the wish of whoever inserts a coin.
How to get to Ban Jelacic Square?
Since the Square is located in an extremely convenient location, it is possible to reach it in many ways.
  • On foot: Ban Jelacic Square is located in the central part of Zagreb, close to the street of the same name. Since it is located in the very center of the city, it is possible to walk to it from any direction.
  • By bus: Bus lines 31, 32 and 34, whose stop is only 50 meters from the Square, will make your arrival from the city environment much easier.
  • By tram: Tram lines 1, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 ensure arrival almost in front of the Square itself.


Type of Attractions
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