To this day, most citizens colloquially refer to this building simply as ‘Burza’ (‘stock exchange’).
The former building of the Zagreb Stock Exchange, today’s Croatian National Bank, is one of the most representative edifices of the city. It is often named the key achievement of its designer, architect Viktor Kovačić (1874 — 1924), the founder of modern architecture in Croatia. The stock exchange/national bank building is located at the very ‘entrance’ to the ‘Martićeva Zone’ from the direction of the strict city centre, at the intersection of Martićeva Street and the Street of Dr. Franjo Rački. To this day, most citizens colloquially refer to this building simply as ‘Burza’ (stock exchange), and its square used to be called Stock Exchange Square, until it was renamed into the Square of Croatian Great Men, after in the early 2000’s the square previously bearing this name was given back its old moniker Square of the Victims of Fascism (the square surrounding the building of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists, popularly known as the ‘Mosque’).
All these changes tell an interesting story of the ideological perception of the city throughout the years, but whatever its name, the square’s grandeur and position in the urbanist image of Zagreb has not diminished in the slightest, mostly owing to its monumental facade and the facade of its nearby dun twin. The square has meanwhile become occupied by terraces of newly opened cafés, but it remains to be seen whether this has truly restored its bygone vivaciousness.