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Meštrović’s pavilion

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Whether we call impressive building in the middle of Victims of Fascism Square a Mosque, Meštrović’s pavilion or Home of Visual Arts, it’s one of Zagreb’s most instantly recognizable architectural symbols.

Meštrović’s pavilion is the monument to rich and very turbulent history that saw regular changes of function with every new political regime since all governments wanted to use this representative edifice for its own purposes and goals. The building was contrasted in the period 1933 – 1938 following Ivan Meštrović’s design while the blueprints were developed by H. Bilinić and L. Horvat. Originally, the intention was to use the building both as the monument to the Yugoslav king Peter I of Serbia and the Home of Visual Arts. At the time the building had been already called the Meštrović Pavilion as the expression of gratitude to its creator. Already in 1941, with the outburst of WWII in the region and the proclamation of quisling so-called Independent State of Croatia, the building had to change its function and was used as the city’s mosque. Fir that purpose, three gigantic minarets were built around it and the interior was thoroughly redesigned.

Despite the fact that the building started functioning as a mosque only in 1944, which was stopped in 1945, the local jargon still knows it as a ‘mosque’. In the socialist Yugoslavia the Mosque initially served as the Museum of National Liberation and later on the Museum of National Revolution. The interior was redesigned yet again but this time according to the project in the hands of the architect Vjenceslav Richter. In 1993, the building was finally given its initial purpose, i.e. it became the Home of Croatian Visual Artist. Extensive works on renovation and restoration took place in the period between 2001 and 2006.



Atelier Ostrman

One of the more interesting locations in Lopašićeva Street is the art studio of the painter Tomislav Ostrman, Atelier Ostrman, where he exhibits and sells his own pieces and those of his colleagues and friends, alongside organizing small social events in this attractive workshop.

Garderoba Concept Store

With the opening of Ana Ivančić’s Garderoba, Zagreb got its first conceptual showroom for Scandinavian fashion. Garderoba is a carefully thought-out project, a room whose elements have all been designed by brilliant Croatian designers and architects, thus also adding a Croatian brand to the offer.

Slatka priča

The Slatka Priča pastry shop was started in 2013, and is currently in three places – Kranjčevićeva Street, Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Street in Zagreb’s Malešnica neighborhood, and, of course, Martićeva Street (since 2016), more precisely at the busy corner of Martićeva and Smičiklasova.


Mikrofon is a music school started in 2009, located in the charming inner courtyard of 19 Martićeva Street. Its predecessor was the Vocal Studio Maraton vocal workshop from Rijeka, and the school has since then grown from offering single singing lessons to group singing and lessons for children, as well as instrumental music lessons.

Medveščak Library

The Medveščak Library, our neighborhood’s branch of Zagreb City Libraries, encompasses three departments – adult, children’s and youth (also known as “Idi pa Vidi”, or “Come and See”). Besides normal library duties, the library also engages in setting up various exhibitions in its windows, and workshops in the rooms of the youth and children’s departments.