Thursday’s Special: Heart of Steel

Unlike Paris or Prague, 900 year-old Zagreb did not develop on the banks of a river. Over centuries it had sufficient room to grow at the bottom of Medvednica Mountain, and was reluctant to cross the watercourse. When in the 1930’s the town’s population started to move across the Sava, Zagreb was in need of bridges. The Railway Bridge also known as the “Green Bridge” was built in 1939, and at the time of construction was the longest arch span of all railway bridges in Europe.

Today, the town’s landmark that leads us from the south of the town to the downtown Zagreb, the Green Bridge stands as a symbol of life on the river, a symbol of steadiness, perseverance, constancy, the one thing that remains the same while everything else around it changes as much as the river itself.

 

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P.S. It seemed fair that in spite of all my travels I dedicate my 200th post to my home town Zagreb ๐Ÿ™‚

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61 Comments on “Thursday’s Special: Heart of Steel

  1. What a lovely shot Paula and love the effect you created. That bridge is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing hon. ๐Ÿ˜€ *hugs*

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  2. Dedicating your 200th post to your beautiful home town Zagreb! How very special ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for introducing your home town, Paula!!

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  3. Nothing like a great bridge shot, Paula, and this is certainly one. I’d love to see more shots of Zagreb. (I can wait for Corsica ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Congrats on 200!

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    • ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll have to take more photos of my town, and as for my holidays… there are still shots from Paris and Italy I haven’t published :D, though the ones from Corsica are my favourites. With winter coming I hate to see them all published right away. I will soon enter my annual hibernation, and will need these memories to keep me warm ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you, Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hi Paula…Yes, I think it is fair you dedรญcate this post to your hometown….Sometimes we forgot to look at the places we are living in….:)
    Beautiful bridge !!!!
    Felicidaddes por los 200 posts!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. What a marvelous photo and post, Paula! I’m a native of Pittsburgh, which is our “steel city” and so your writing and photo definitely resonate with me. Beautiful sky and bridge.

    Here’s mine for this week: Pictures at an Exhibition

    http://wp.me/p3sJPz-sD

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    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Dear Patti, I was thinking about you today ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought why there wasn’t anything of yours on my reader. I am going over to your place now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for saying this, dear.

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      • Thank you dear Paula! I am way behind on everything WP (we had family visiting from London!) so lovely to be back and catching up with you.

        I love how you have caught the time of the year so well in this shot – it’s what it feels like here but without your warmth of color!

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    • Of course it does ๐Ÿ™‚ Its being steel does not mean it is heartless, it means it is undestructible and enduring ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I wish the old spirit of Zagreb could be rekindled, but it will never happen again. Now, it is too metropolitan while still being small and provincial despite being the capital of Croatia. Too many people for its square area, poorly organised traffic, people from different parts of the country have changed its character. The original dialect is no longer to be heard. I miss the Zagreb I knew when I was a kid.

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  9. Very good picture. Funny how, when I’m with my camera, I see clouds differently. As do you, it seems.
    Way to capture this scene.

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    • This is a very nice observation ๐Ÿ™‚ a great compliment as it comes from you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Dinkerson.

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  10. I love the way HDR details cloudscapes so marvelously. This is a gorgeous shot, Paula.

    I’d like to be there to catch the taggers when thy’re spraypainting their grafitti on that bridge.

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  11. Le pont encadre les buildings… Belle composition ! ๐Ÿ™‚ La photo est bien รฉquilibrรฉe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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