Zagreb, Croatia -- This view shows the north defensive walls. These rose between 1469 and 1473 when the bishop feared an impending attack from the Ottomans. The Ottomans threatened for two centuries and their capture of Bosnia explains the crescent shape of modern Croatia. The scaffolding at right supports the renovation of the cathedral's neo-Gothic facade.If the Ottomans do come back, they'll be stopped by those two camouflaged figures at lower right walking past the caged angels. Croatia joined NATO on April Fools' Day 2009 and has over 300 soldiers in Afghanistan. (The successors to the Ottomans, modern Turkey, will probably be here on joint maneuvers some day as they have been members of NATO since 1952.)

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