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.