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Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard - Guard of Honour of the Cravat Regiment

From late April to October there's a guard-changing ceremony Changing of the Guard - Guard of Honour of the Cravat Regiment on the streets of the Upper Town every Saturday and Sunday (as well as on national holidays and special occasions) at noon.

In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years' War, the Croatian Light Cavalry, renowned for its exceptional heroism, joined the ranks of the French Army. The military skill and the original appearance of the Croatian soldiers was affirmed in 1664 with the founding of the Croatian regiment the Royal Cravates within the French Army.

You can see for yourself what the Changing of the Guards of the courageous Croatian soldiers looks like during a two-hour ceremony. The entire unit takes part in the ceremony, following which the guards are stationed at their posts, all attractive tourist locations, from St Mark’s Square, via Ban Jelačić Square to the statue of Our Lady at Kaptol.

The guard-changing ceremony is just one part of Zagreb Time Machine – a series of events that revive Zagreb’s history! Don’t be surprised if you meet famous people from the past in the streets of the Upper Town, e.g. Marija Jurić Zagorka, the first Croatian female journalist, committed feminist and writer, or Antun Gustav Matoš, Croatian poet, short story author, essayist and travel writer. Zagreb Time Machine will also take you to the world of music and customs of times long gone, where tradition is built into space, sounds and people.

For more info about the changing of the guard, as well as other events included in Zagreb Time Machine click here