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All About Rijeka

All About Rijeka

Rijeka is the administrative and cultural centre of the Primorje-Gorski kotar County and the third largest city in Croatia with regard to the number of inhabitants. The city is situated along the course of Rječina River and nearby numerous streams. It lies on abundant sources and confluences. Like numerous cities in the world, Rijeka carries the symbol of water in its name. We present you the history, people, numbers, surroundings... - all about Rijeka.


The City History

Rijeka’s Beginnings

Rijeka’s Beginnings

The oldest traces of human presence in today’s Rijeka area date back to the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods, and the remnants of prehistoric castles (Solin above Martinšćica, Trsatski brijeg and Veli vrh – Gradišće above the Rječina River) to the Bronze and Iron Ages.


Flumen Sancti Viti – St. Vitus's Rijeka

Flumen Sancti Viti – St. Vitus's Rijeka

The development of Rijeka impelled the newly arrived Slavic settlers – the Croats – to conquer Tarsatica and start building a new settlement.


The turbulent 20th century

The turbulent 20th century

During the civil revolution of 1848, the city was annexed to the Banovina of Croatia, and the governor Josip Jelačić became governor of Rijeka. The fight over Rijeka between Croatia and Hungary was intensifying until the Croatian-Hungarian Treaty, the so called “Riječka krpica”...


At the turn of the century

At the turn of the century

This expansive social and economic development also increased the number of inhabitants. Today, Rijeka and its surroundings have approximately 200.000 inhabitants. Simultaneously with its industrial development, Rijeka became the centre of western Croatia.



Tales from Rijeka

Carolina of Rijeka

Carolina of Rijeka

If you mention the name of Carolina Belinich in Rijeka, there is almost no passer-by who will not smile widely. ”Carolina of Rijeka? Is there anyone who still doesn’t know about our Carolina?!” And if you are lucky, you will hear the story about a lady from Rijeka whose character and actions have remained engraved in the memory of her fellow townspeople until today, although she lived in the 19th century.


St. Vitus – the patron saint of Rijeka

St. Vitus – the patron saint of Rijeka

Saint Vitus is the patron saint of the City of Rijeka, and in Croatian, medieval Rijeka was known as “Rika svetoga Vida”, or in Latin as “Terra Fluminis sancti Viti”.


Kantrida - the rocky stadium

Kantrida - the rocky stadium

Rijeka’s stadium lies between the sea and the rocks, and its special and attractive position earned it the third place on the CNN's list of the most unusual stadiums in the world.



Multimedia

Get to know Rijeka and its sights through the camera lens, feel its atmosphere through short films, and let this be an incentive for you to come and take home your own memories, because nothing can replace a personal encounter with the city on the Rječina River.



Rijeka in Numbers

All Rijeka’s numbers in one place…



Rijeka's Surroundings

Due to its location Rijeka is the perfect base from which to discover all the diversity that surrounds it. A number of completely different areas can be visited in only a short time...



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