Rijeka, the largest Croatian port

In the northern part of the Adriatic is the city of Rijeka, which many will say is not a typical coastal city, but it is a city where you will always feel welcome and a good start destination to some other destinations on the Adriatic. Rijeka is considered the largest Croatian port and the third largest city in Croatia, and at the same time the administrative center of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, which began to develop into one of the largest central European ports and a powerful industrial center in the mid-20th century. This slowed down considerably in the early 1990s. Rijeka has approximately 190,000 inhabitants.

The city is located in the west of Croatia, on the northern coast of the Gulf of Rijeka as a major part of the Kvarner Bay of the Adriatic Sea, which has deepened into the European mainland. Two important land transport routes begin in Rijeka, one of which facilitates the connection of the Adriatic Sea and the Pannonian inland, while the other, via Postojna Gate, is connected to the Eastern Alps.

If you decide to go on a tourist trip, we advise you to visit several locations through which you will be able to get to know the history of the city and its inhabitants a little more, while referring, of course, to the Resolution Square, which is dominated by the facade of the church of the Dominican monastery of St. Jerome. The monastery was founded in XIV. It functioned as a foundation for the feudal lords of Rijeka.

We can point out a polygonal shrine, chapels with ribbed vaults and a two-story cloister. The cloister contains the tombstones of the feudal captains of Rijeka, better known as the governors who ruled Rijeka on behalf of the landlords. Most of the buildings of the northern and western wings of the monastery are actually the Rijeka municipality, which in the first half of the XIX century. used the new headquarters of its administration for centuries.

We also recommend the Governor's Palace, better known as the residence from which the governor of the Hungarian Crown of Sv. Stephen ruled Rijeka in the spirit of high historicism designed by Budapest-based architect A. Haussmann. The palace today houses the Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral, which contains a maritime, cultural, historical, archeological and ethnological department with numerous collections.

In addition to the palace, we recommend a visit to the famous Rijeka Korzo and the more famous Rijeka Carnival.

Author: S.Š. Photo by László Szalai / Wikimedia

Rijeka, Croatia - Postcard (August 2020)