Weekly Photo Challenge: CULTURE

This challenge has made me think of a subject I shot a week ago. It is the old National and University Library of Croatia (most of us know it by this name) that was turned into Croatian State Archives some years ago. The library itself has been moved to one of those plain-looking steel and glass buildings in a newer part of the town, and I am not sure how well it is attended. I can say I was privileged to be a student in the late 1980’s when we had no computers, and sometimes had to roam the entire city in search of our text books. On one occasion I entered that old building and spent the entire afternoon there soaking in the atmosphere of old books and library lamps. The silence was overwhelming.

The building which used to host the national library dates back to 1913 and pertains to Secessionist architecture. The outer columns were decorated with owl figures, symbols of wisdom. You can see one of them zoomed in the photo below as well as its southern facade in the bottom picture.

Recently, I have found out that hubby’s great grandfather was in charge of putting the roof on the building when it was first built :).

This is my entry for Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture. Check out the other entries here.

 

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59 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: CULTURE

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  2. hello paula !
    i love the owls, these mysterious bird, symbol oif wisdom ! une bise au passage pour toi je te souhaite un excellent week end

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    • πŸ™‚ I even have the owl toys and photos of them of course :D. Thank you Phil.. that building has been inspiring in more than one way πŸ˜‰

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  3. DziΔ™kujΔ™ Kochana Paulo za Fryderyka Chopina :***)

    Dziękuję, że mogę dzięki Tobie spacerować po chorwackich traktach.
    PiΔ™kny budynek. Sowy niesamowitΔ… ozdobΔ……

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    • Drago mi je da ti se sviΔ‘a πŸ™‚ Nocturno je pravi izbor za sovu πŸ˜‰ Let’s see if google will help you this time πŸ˜€

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  6. That is a great looking building. Jo was right, it’s a right place for the wisdom symbol!
    Enjoy the weekend, Paula!

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    • Hey, thank you for finding time to pay me a visit :). How’s Boston? I hope you are having fun πŸ™‚ xo

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  12. Agree and it’s logical new buildings don’t have the same atmosphere as the old buildings yet – happy me.I’m student (late 1970s) from an educational institution with 900 year old roots.. πŸ™‚

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  13. Very cool. My son lives in Zagreb and iI visited once but unfortunately did not see these owls. Next time! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you, Madhu. It was news to me, but not to hubby; he is very modest and does not show off his famous ancestors πŸ˜€

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