"City With Elegant Buildings and Streets" Top 5 Page for this destination Rijeka by BruceDunning

Rijeka Travel Guide: 286 reviews and 568 photos

The city is the 3rd largest in Croatia, and has about 150,000 people in the immediate city area, but with suburbs, the number swells to about 250,000. It is a major sea trading port today based on the Kvarner BAy.
In early times, there was a Celtic tribe that settled in the hlls, and in early AD the Romans started a town along the sea and brought the populas down to there. It has bveen under Byzantine, Lombard, Frank, Venetian, control until Austria gained the territory in 1466.
Due to Turk invasions in 1500's, the city languished and went into decline until Hungarians-nee Austrian empire- came here in 1700's. That started a vibrance of trade again of oil, iron, wood, wool and leather as main staples. Italy got control of the area after WWI, and then Tito brought it back to life until 1990's, when again decline happened. With economic assitance and getting over he internal war, tourism began again in early 2000 decade.

A Castle With a Defense Positioin

Trsat castle has a long heritage, and was the original settlement of the Celtic tribes. The Romans moved them down to the water edge, but this was the stronghold and strategic position to protect the town. Frankopans controlled the castle in 13-15th centuries, and later the Austrians took control. In 1750 is was very much destroyed from an earthquake, and Laval Nugent bought the castle to restore it and make it his residence.
Later the castle declined and only in last decades got a resurgance to draw tourists to the top with restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. The locals like to come here and enjoy the views.

Ploech Palace was built in 1880 by one of the inventors of the torpedo. His name was Annibale Ploech and he had inventive vent as chief engineer on the torpedo work. He married the daughter of Robert Whitehead, an engineer and coowner of the torpedo company. This design of the building with many ornate Baroque features and window dressings, besides all the stone figures that abound.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot of very elegant buildings with ornate facades
  • Cons:Museums are closed and Kosro crowded
  • In a nutshell:Plan a route to see the sites-since there are many
  • Last visit to Rijeka: May 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 9, 2010
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  • picek's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    Fine page on Rijeka with lots of sensible tips. We didn't see many pigeons in town just few days ago, but plenty of hungry fishes in Dead canal. Also St. Vitus cathedral was closed so we'll yet try to go there another time. Great city that is altogether!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Plenty of helpful tips here. It was interesting reading how the Church raised its' money! Sounds like it was lucky the Museum's were very cheap, otherwise it would have been extra disappointing!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    I enjoyed the lovely tour of Rijeka! You always find the neatest places to explore! Excellent page!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Hellner and Felmer must have designed the opera houses of half of Europe! They must have been very rich ;) Great page!


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