December 7, 2013

0889 CROATIA (Zagreb) - A girl in traditional clothes and Zagreb Cathedral

In the center of the postcard can be seen the two spires of the Zagreb Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus. It is typically Gothic, and is the tallest building in Croatia. Its construction started in 1093, but the building was destroyed by the Tatars in 1242. At the end of the 15th century, the Ottomans built fortification walls around it, and in the 17th century a fortified renaissance watchtower was erected on the south side. Severely damaged in the 1880 earthquake, was restored in the Neo-Gothic style, two spires 108m high being raised.

In foreground is a girl in traditional costume of Zagreb Region. She has a plain white dress or blouse (košulja) or underskirt (skutići), an overdress named kotula, and an apron (ogrnjač or pregjača). The red and blue embroidery is very intricate. Its hair is interwoven into two braids and decorated with red ribbons, which means that she is unmarried.

Zagreb Cathedral - Wikipedia
Croatian national costume - Wikipedia

sender: Marius Vasilescu
sent from Zagreb (Croatia), on 21.11.2013

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