1. Town of Samobor square aerial burning sunset view
    © xbrchxSamobor's 18th-century King Tomislav square - one of the few in Europe not inhabited by pigeons
  2. Pigeons in the square of Split, Croatia
    © Arseniy Krasnevsky'Father of the Croatian Renaissance' Marko Marulić's statue on the People's square in Split, locally called Pjaca
  3. Saint Mark's square in Zagreb is home to the namesake church, which dates back to the 13th century, and surrounding Croatian Parliament buildings
    © Alexis Bross
  4. Blato
    © xbrchxThe main square of Korčula island's oldest village, Blato
  5. Osijek / Croatia: 10th May 2019: Main town square and famous cathedral in Osijek
    © borongicOsijek's Ante Starčević square, overlooked by the neo-Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul
  6. View at town Trogir, old touristic place in Croatia Europe with
    © Liubomir PautUNESCO-listed Trogir centre's main square, home to the 13th-century Ćipiko palace, from above
  7. Croatian national theater in Rijeka square view
    © xbrchxSquare in front of Rijeka's 18th-century Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, named after a renowned Croatian composer
  8. Village of Svetvincenat ancient square and church view
    © xbrchxRenaissance-era Placa square in the Istrian town of Svetvinčenat
  9. DUBROVNIK, CROATIA - APRIL, 2018: Monument to the poet Ivan Gund
    © Anamaria Mejia
  10. Town of bicycles Koprivnica street view
    © xbrchxZrinski square in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica, backed by the 15th-century Church of St. Nicholas
  11. Sibenik
    © ilijaaŠibenik's Square of the Republic of Croatia, home to the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of St. James, with the Adriatic sea as the backdrop
  12. Square of Ivan Mažuranić and the church of St. Sava northern Croatia's Križevci town
    © dreamer4787Square of Ivan Mažuranić and the church of St. Sava in northern Croatia's town of Križevci
  13. Zadar's Forum, or Green Square, dates back to the 1st century BC Roman era
    © dreamer4787Zadar's Forum, aka Green Square, dates back to the Roman era of the 1st century BC
  14. Blato
    © Grad ČakovecRepublic square in Čakovec, home to an ex 20th-century merchants' gathering house built in the Hungarian Secessionist style
  15. Rovinj
    © Društvo Arhitekata Rijeka'Boy with Fish' statue, built in 1959 by sculptor Marjan Kocković, on Rovinj's main square
  16. Varaždin's King Tomislav square, locally nicknamed Korzo, is home to the famous 16th-century noble family's Drašković palace
    © dreamer4787Varaždin's King Tomislav square, locally nicknamed Korzo, is home to the famous 16th-century noble family's Drašković palace
  17. The Kačić square, Makarska's biggest, is backed by the towering Biokovo mountain range
    © Anne FreelingKačić square, Makarska's biggest, is backed by the towering Biokovo mountain range
  18. Town of Karlovac landmarks view
    © xbrchxBan Josip Jelačić square in Karlovac surrounds a well decorated with allegorical statues of the Virgin Mary
  19. Cathedral of St Stephen - Hvar
    © Laszlo KonyaOld Town Hvar's central square of St. Stephen, named after the 6th-century cathedral sitting on it
  20. Rijeka's city tower, dating back to the Middle Ages and topped by a 270 kg double-headed eagle, as seen from the city's Kobler square
    © birdiegalRijeka's city tower, dating back to the Middle Ages and topped by a 270 kg double-headed eagle, as seen from the city's Kobler square
  21. Square of the Church of our Lady Annunciation (how's that for a tongue twister) in Brač's Milna town
    © Pawel KazmierczakSquare of the Church of our Lady Annunciation (how's that for a tongue twister) in Brač's Milna town
  22. Vukovar town square and architecture street view
    © xbrchxVukovar's Republic of Croatia square in eastern Slavonia
  23. Split's Square of the Radić Brothers is known locally as 'Fruit square'
    © believeinme33Split's Square of the Radić Brothers is known locally as 'Fruit square'
  24. Osijek's Holy Trinity square surrounds a 1729 monument flanked by statues of St. Roch, St. Sebastian, St. Catherine and St. Rosalia
    © xbrchxOsijek's Holy Trinity square surrounds a 1729 monument flanked by statues of St. Roch, St. Sebastian, St. Catherine and St. Rosalia
  25. Lady of Angels Church, tourists and markets with souvenirs, Pore
    © Peter VrabelPoreč's Freedom square is home to the 1770 Baroque-style Church of Our Lady of Angels
  26. The clock on Zagreb's Ban Josip Jelačić square is the city's most popular meet-up point
    © Davor RostuharThe clock on Zagreb's Ban Josip Jelačić square is the city's most popular meet-up point
  27. Pula
    © Nick KanePula's Portarata square is home to a Hellenistic-style arch from the 1st century BC
  28. Pope John Paul II Square in Marija Bistrica, a jewel of Croatia's Krapina-Zagorje County
    © dreamer4787Pope John Paul II Square in Marija Bistrica, a jewel of Croatia's Krapina-Zagorje County
  29. Dubrovnik's Luža square houses the 18th-century Baroque-style Church of St. Blaise, the city's patron saint
    © dreamer4787Dubrovnik's Luža square houses the 18th-century Baroque-style Church of St. Blaise, the city's patron saint
  30. Vinkovci town in Croatia
    © Goran JakusBan Josip Šokčević square in Slavonia's Vinkovci, named after the Vinkovci native who was Ban of Croatia from 1860 to 1867
  31. Town of Bjelovar central park
    © xbrchx18th-century Eugen Kvaternik square in continental Croatia's city of Bjelovar
  32. Split's Republic square was built in the 19th century and modeled after Venice
    © Liubomir PautSplit's Republic square was built in the 19th century and modeled after Venice
  33. Zagreb's King Tomislav square is spearheaded by a statue of the 10th-century ruler
    © Davor RostuharZagreb's King Tomislav square is spearheaded by a statue of Croatia's first king who ruled in the early 10th century
  34. Town of Ludbreg square panoramic view
    © xbrchxThe northern Croatian town of Ludbreg is, per ancient legends, believed to be the centre of the world, as marked on its Holy Trinity square
  35. Lošinj island's town of Mali ('Little') Lošinj features a seafront main square and sphere water fountain
    © borongicLošinj island's town of Mali ('Little') Lošinj features a seafront main square and sphere water fountain
  36. In Croatia's Lika region, the town of Gospić is home to the Stjepan Radić square and 'Vila Velebita' ('Fairy of Velebit') statue
    © xbrchxIn Croatia's Lika region, the town of Gospić is home to the Stjepan Radić square and 'Vila Velebita' ('Fairy of Velebit') statue
  37. Church of Saint Peter or Crkva sv. Petra in Supetar town on Brac Island near Split, Croatia.
    © Julia LavrinenkoOn Brač island, the town of Supetar's main square features the Church of Saint Peter, the area's patron saint
  38. Town of Karlovac church and square view
    © xbrchxStrossmayer square in Karlovac is the city's oldest, built in the early 17th century
  39. The Slavonian town of Požega's St. Theresa of Avila (the area's patron saint) square and namesake church from above
    © Zlatni LugThe Slavonian town of Požega's St. Theresa of Avila (the area's patron saint) square and namesake church from above
  40. Istrian town of Umag houses its own Freedom square, which features a 17th-century cistern and an Adriatic sea backdrop
    © Grad UmagIstrian town of Umag houses its own Freedom square, which features a 17th-century cistern and an Adriatic sea backdrop
  41. Rijeka square and fountain view
    © xbrchxKobler square in Rijeka is home to well-turned-monument 'Old Paper Milestones', built in the 1970s to commemorate the city's historic paper factory
  42. Central Dalmatia's town of Pakoštane's own King Tomislav square (notice a pattern?)
    © Sven GrueneCentral Dalmatia's town of Pakoštane's own King Tomislav square (notice a pattern?)
  43. The Gorski Kotar town of Delnice has a pretty central square at the intersection of its Lujzinska and Supilova streets
    © ilijaaThe Gorski Kotar town of Delnice has a pretty central square at the intersection of its Lujzinska and Supilova streets
  44. Slavonski Brod's Ivana Brlić Mažuranić square and statue, honouring one of Croatia's most famous writers
    © Croatian National Tourist BoardSlavonski Brod's Ivana Brlić Mažuranić square and statue, honouring one of Croatia's most famous writers

In pictures: 44 photos of Croatia's stunning squares

Discover pretty plazas all across the country

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Lara Rasin
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For thousands of years, public plazas have been the centres of society. We visit them to buy and sell produce necessary for survival, to socialise, to receive information, to be entertained and, a bit less often, to begin revolutions.

In Croatia, public plazas are people's lifelines: almost every inhabited area has one, be it city or village. Discover the striking squares of Croatia (and a few fun facts along the way) through our selection of 44 photos, from Samobor to Split, and everywhere in between.

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