Rijeka Tourist Attractions
Rieika is a port city and transportation hub with refineries and heavy industries. It does not promote itself as a tourist destination. There is no beach and visitors will not find a vast array of hotels and resorts. Most people looking for a resort town head to nearby Opatija. Despite this there are some interesting attractions in Rijeka that are worth exploring. Rijeka's location is such that many people end up transiting through the city and it may be worth spending a morning or afternoon walking through the old city. A major earthquake struck the city in 1750 and much of the town was rebuilt at that time.Rijeka is well known for it's annual Carnival, which is the largest carnival in Croatia.
Rijeka Trsat Castle and Church of Our Lady of Trsat
The Trsat Castle (Gradina Trsat) and Church of Our Lady of Trsat (Gospa Trsat) sit high upon a hill above Rejika. A pilgrimage path leads from Titiov Trg at the River Rjecina, up the Petar Kruzic Stairway and follows a path until it reaches the Church of Our Lady of Trsat (Gospa Trsat) at Frankopanski Trg. From there it just a short walk up to Trsat Castle. It is also possible to get to the church and castle via public transport.The Church of Our Lady of Trsat has long been a pilgrimage site attracting large numbers of followers. It contains a 'miraculous' icon of Mary, considered to be a painting by St Luke, which was donated to the church in the 14th Century.The Trsat Castle is a 13th Century fort, although it has undergone extensive renovations and alterations since that time. The Trsat Castle was bought by a private individual in the 19th Century and upgraded at that time. The courtyard (konak) maintains much of the original structure.
Natural History Museum of Rijeka
The Natural History Museum of Rijeka is housed in a 19th Century villa and contains a wide range of displays related to Rijeka and the surrounding area which include some 90,000 specimens. The museum is divided up into a number of categories which include; Collection of Rocks, Collection of Minerals, General Paleontological Collection, Evolution of Man, Geological Stratigraphic Collection of the Rijeka Region, Collection of Quarternary Fossil Fauna from Caves of the Rijeka Region, Paleontological Collection, Geological Stratigraphic Collection of the Island of Krk, Marine Invertebrates Collection, Malacological Collection, Etnomological Collection, and the Ichtiological Collection. Some of the Natural History Museum's most prized possessions, including rare specimens, are held in the storerooms but may be viewed as part of a tour.
Rijeka Governor's Palace and Maritime and Historical Museum of Coastal Croatia
The Governor's Palace (Guvernerova Palaca) in Rijeka was the former residence of the Hungarian governor. Today the Palace houses the Maritime and Historical Museum of Coastal Croatia (Povijesni I Pomorski Muzej). The neo-Renaissance building was designed by Alajos Haussmann, an architect from Budapest and was built in the late 1800s. The Governor's Palace is worth of visit on its own just for its grandeur. The Maritime and Historical Museum of Coastal Croatia is also quite interesting with model ships and a range of nautical equipment. There is also a selection of archeological finds from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, as well as an ethnographic collection and furniture displays. The museum was first established in 1876 but has been housed in the Governor's Palace since 1955.
Risnjak National Park
Crowned by the craggy peak of Veliki Risnjak at 1528m / 5012ft Risnjak National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The park is heavily forested and has over 20 different plant species and interesting karst geology.One of the Risnjak National Parks best known trails is the Leska Trail. The Leska trail is not considered to be difficult and takes the average hiker approximately two hours to complete. The trail created in 1995 is has 12 separate areas of interest signposted in English and Croatian. Another trail leads to the summit of Veliki Risnjak and is a challenging 3 hour trek.Named for the lynx that inhabit the area the park has a wide variety of fauna ranging from large animals like bears and deer to over 50 varieties of birds.
Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Built in the early 1900s on the 50th anniversary of the miracle of Lourdes, the Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (Kapucinska Crkva), is one of the town's self proclaimed highlights. It is the main feature on many Rijeka postcards and promotional material. The Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was designed by Budinic, although the project ran into financial problems and was stalled for years. Donations were raised to complete the church. It has a neo-gothic façade with ornate detail and the interior boasts frescoes by Romulo Venucci, a local Croatian artist.The Church of the Capuchins takes up one side of Zabica Square and is next to the bus station.
Cathedral of St Vitus (St Vito)
The Cathedral of St Vitus (Katedrala Sv Vida), formerly the Church of St Vitus, is a Baroque structure based on a round floor plan. The original design, which was built on top of an even older structure, was created by Giacomo Briano, a Jesuit architect. The project took over a hundred years to complete. It was finished in 1744. Legend has it that someone threw a rock at a crucifix hanging in the church and the image of Christ began to bleed. Although, this theory is challenged by many skeptics even within the town. The Cathedral of St Vitus contains Baroque altars, and of course the 13th Century miraculous crucifix.
Rijeka Petar Druzic Stairway
The Petar Druzic Stairway in Rejika is part of the pilgrimage path to the Church of Our Lady of Trsat (Gospa Trsatske). The lower portion of the stairway, which leads from Krizaniceva ulica, was built by Captain Petar Kruzic of Klis in 1531. The stairs were later added on to, reaching 538 steps in total. They lead up through the Rjecina Gorge on a steep climb. Along the Petar Druzic Stairway are chapels dedicated to various saints and used as resting areas for participants of the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Trsat. The stairs are not the only method of reaching the church, there is also a public transportation option.
Built into and along side the surrounding buildings, the City Tower (Gradski Toranj) in Rijeka was originally a part of one of the main gates leading into the city. The gate survived the 1750 earthquake relatively intact and the tower was erected following that event. The clock in the City Tower was also added during the late 18th Century, and followed shortly thereafter by the dome in 1890 when the tower underwent a reconstruction. The tower is adorned with coats of arms and is located on the Korzo, which is a main pedestrian street in Rijeka.
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