Cultural symbols and monuments of Crikvenica

The town of Crikvenica is full of rich history and cultural symbols that reflect its heritage and tradition. Explore some of the most important monuments in Crikvenica below.

In Stjepan Radić Park there is a monument to politician and publicist Stjepan Radić (1871 – 1928). At the time of his work, he was called the leader and teacher of the Croatian people. He died as a Croatian mp as a result of an assassination attempt in the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Together with his brother Antun, he founded the Croatian People's Party. After the small park monument was erected, it was named Stjepan Radić Park. Stjepan Radić's bust in bronze was made by academic sculptor Zvonko Car.

In the western part of Stjepan Radić Park there is a bronze bust of Crikvenica's Nikola Cara – Črni (1910–1942), one of the initiators of the anti-fascist struggle in Vinodol, which received the highest war recognition – a national hero for outstanding merits in the war. The bust is the work of academic sculptor Zvonko Caro.

In the central part of Stjepan Radić Park you can see busts of Crikvenica patriots - anti-fascists, Dr. Ivan Sobol (1885–1941) and Franjo Caro (1921–1941). Unfortunately, after a quick and ruthless "trial" in 1941, they were fatally shot by the occupiers.

In 1977, Crikvenica received the prestigious award - Sunny Hour, as the most successful tourist place, awarded by the Croatian Tourist Association, which was a sign of high recognition for destinations along the Adriatic coast in the 1970s. The sundial is located, along with many other monuments, in Stjepan radić park, set on a stone rock.

In the park of the hotel "Kaštel" his memorial in the form of a stone flower, received the great Croatian poet and the first president of the Croatian Parliament after the liberation (1945), an active participant in the anti-fascist struggle, Vladimir Nazor (1876 – 1949). From 1920 to 1930 he was also the manager of the Children's Home in today's "Kaštel". The stone flower was made by ing. Arch. Zdenko Kolacio.

In the very center of Crikvenica, in the Park of the Fallen for the Homeland, in front of the Hotel "International", there is a stone memorial book with the names of 74 people from Crikvenica who died in the National Liberation Struggle against fascist occupiers during World War II, as well as four people from Crikvenica who became victims of fascist terror. In addition, in the same circle there is a monument dedicated to the Crikvenica partisans. Inside the same complex, there is also a memorial tomb of fighters of the 4th Army of the People's Liberation Army, who actively participated in the final operations of liberation in this area. All these impressive structures are the result of the hard work of architecture engineer Zdenko Sila.

At the beginning of the Crikvenica pier, along the coast, you can find a bronze statue called "Ribar", dedicated to the Crikvenica fisherman and fishing, whose development and survival Crikvenica is grateful for. This impressive monument is the work of academic sculptor Zvonko Caro.

The fish is one of the omens of Crikvenica, because it symbolizes the centuries-old tradition of Crikvenica. It is also a symbol of fertility and wisdom, and before the cross it was a recognizable sign of Christianity. The modern sculpture of fish, the work of Crikvenica architect and painter Zdravko Gržičić, is located on the central square of Crikvenica (Stjepan Radić Square), which the people of Crikvenica call Pod murvicun.

One of the symbols of old Crikvenica is the olive tree. The monument to the olive tree is placed in Frankopanska Street, in front of the old municipality. Thousands of olive trees grew in this area and on the island of Krk, where the people of Crikvenica had their estates. There were two olive millstones there, one of which, a large round stone, resembles millstones for kneading olives. Also, at the beginning of Strossmayer's promenade, there is an oyster that used to store olive oil with a capacity of about 500 liters.

A small fountain in Crikvenica was built in 1988 as a sign of marking the 100th anniversary of tourism in this city. This fountain represents a symbol of the beauty and flourishing of tourism in the region and with its presence has further enriched the aesthetic impression of the Strossmayer promenade. In addition to its decorative and symbolic significance, the small fountain has become an important element of crikvenica's cultural heritage, attracting the attention of local stakeholders and visitors who enjoy walking and staying in this popular tourist destination.

In the very center of Crikvenica there is an exhibition and gallery space. The exhibition "Heritage of Vinodol" is constantly set up here with archaeological exhibits from the prehistory of this region, which are several millennia old. Finds from the Roman settlement Ad turres were also presented, i.e. fragments of pottery of the Roman workshop along the lower course of the Dubračina stream in Crikvenica. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Gallery also organizes art exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery is located in the basement (former prisons) of the building of the old Crikvenica municipality. This beautiful monumental building, with its decorated façade and large windows made in the style of art deco, has in front of it a small square in the shade of centuries-old plane trees. On the square was placed the original large round stone, which by the end of the 19th century. in the mill – tošin in the Crikvenica area Petak crushed olives and produced olive oil, which in Crikvenica for centuries, along with grapes and figs, was the main agricultural product.

In the heart of the tourist center of Crikvenica there is an atelier and gallery of the famous academic sculptor Zvonko Caro, Crikvenica residents, whose fellow citizens built this space during his lifetime. Zvonko Car (1913-1982) was a pupil of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. During the first part of his career, before the start of World War II, he created a number of exceptional works, including a stone statue of the Virgin in front of the parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a plaster statue of St. Anthony in the church of St. Anthony, as well as portraits of the family in the city cemetery. His works include a bust of J. J. Klović - Croata in Drivenik and a bust of Stjepan Radić in the park of the same name in Crikvenica. After 1945, the Emperor devoted himself to making numerous memorial monuments dedicated to the anti-fascist struggle in the region. In Crikvenica, for example, he created a monument to fallen partisans in the Park of Fallen Fighters for the Homeland, located in front of the Hotel "International". His masterpieces include the bust of the prominent Croatian poet Vladimir Nazor in the lobby of the elementary school of the same name in Vinodolska Street, as well as the bust of literature historian Dr. Antun Barc, located in the High School of Dr. Antun Barc in Crikvenica. At the very beginning of the breakwater of the Port of Crikvenica, one can see his bronze statue "Ribar". He is also known for his bronze statue "Girl with a Seagull" that adorns opatija's promenade (Lungo mare).

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