The Funicular

Chas, “The Funicular”, Zagreb, Croatia

This is one of the shortest; but also one of the steepest funiculars in the world. The track length is only 217 feet; but the height is 100 feet with an inclination of 52 degrees. The funicular started operation in 1890 powered by a steam engine, which was replaced withan electric engine in 1934. The cars reach the top in 64 seconds.

Zagreb Archaeological Museum

Chas, “Zagreb Archaeological Museum”; Photo taken Early Morning, October 2017

The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia, is an archaeological museum with over 450,000 varied artifacts and monuments, gathered from various sources but mostly from Croatia and in particular from the surroundings of Zagreb.

Its predecessor institution was the “National Museum”, open to the public since 1846. It was renamed to “State Institute of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia” in 1866. In 1878, the Archaeological Department became an independent institution within the State Institute, and the umbrella institute was dissolved in 1939, leaving the Archaeological Museum as a standalone institution.

The archaeological collection of the State Institute had been kept in the Academy mansion at Zrinski Square from the 1880s and remained there until 1945, when the museum moved to its current location at the 19th-century Vranyczany-Hafner mansion, 19 Zrinski Square.

Village of Povlja

Chas, Village of Povlja, Brac Island, Croatia

Povlja is one of the small towns located on the coast area of Brac, which is just off the coast of Croatia and linked by car/passenger ferry to the city of Split. These photos were taken at the beginning of October so there were very few tourists on the island. If you are a cyclist and really like hills, I recommend this island. Lots of great small towns, good food, narrow twisting roads that seem to always go uphill. Friends and I had a great time eating at Dvi Palma, a small restaurant owned by a very friendly older couple. You must call ahead but they will arrange a great meal with homegrown vegetables and wine. The only caveat is that it is very hot in the middle of summer so plan a trip accordingly.

The Apoxyomenos from Croatia

The Apoxyomenos from Croatia

Apoxyomenos (the “Scraper”) is one of the conventional subjects of ancient Greek votive sculpture. It represents an athlete caught in the familiar act of scraping sweat and dust from his body with  a strigil, the small curved instrument used in Roman baths.

This substantially complete bronze Apoxyomenos, who strigilates his left hand held close to his thigh, was discovered by René Wouten. He found this bronze statue fully covered in sponges and sea life. No parts of the statue were missing, though its head was disconnected from the body. The bronze figure was recovered in 1996 from the northern Adriatic Sea between the Vele Orjule and Kozjaki inlets, near the Croatian city of Lošinj.

At 192 cm in height, this Apoxyomenos is currently thought to be a Hellenistic copy of sculptor Lysippos’ Apoxyomenos from the second or first century BCE. It is currently conserved, as the Croatian Apoxyomenos, in Zagreb’s Mimara Museum. The Apoxyomenos is similar to an Ephesus bronze votive figure in several ways: the almost portrait-like individuality of the face and a non-Classical form with a broad, fleshy jaw, short chin and hair made rough and unruly by sweat and dust.