Zagreb, Croatia -- Proceeding south from Petar Preradović Square, we encounter three successive squares on the "Green Horeshoe" of Lenuci's master plan for the lower town. The first is a green expanse lined with cultural buildings including the deliciously baroque National Theater shown above. The square is named after the WWII resistance leader and architect of the second (communist) Yugoslavia -- Marshal Josip Broz Tito. A Viennese firm led by the architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer specialized in theater buildings and built this in record time (under two years), finishing in 1895. About that time, Herman Bollé was remaking the Cathedral neo-Gothic besides building a neo-classical cemetery. Also, as we shall soon see, Vjekoslav Bastl would soon create the Art Noveau building that would become the Ethnographic Museum. Fin-de-siècle Zagreb had a lot of eclectic construction that makes this greenspace an architectural smorgasbord of monumental structures.

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