Maiden With The Seagull Reviews
This is a lovely little spot to pause and take in the views. The statue seemed quite whimsical to us. We were lucky enough as to be there when a busker was performing nearby with his guitar. I've got ... more »
When you walk along the coast, you pass by this nice ‘Maiden With The Seagull’. During sunset, with some backlight, this is a really nice view. more »
The maiden with the seagull is just a part of a very nice sea walk through Opatija that is very nice. Just to the South of this statue is a fantastic park with lots of trees, shrubs, flowers etc. many walking paths. Just to the north of this statue and across the street is a fantastic fountain that changes colours and patterns. Just a very nice area!
The story of the Maiden with the Seagullactually begins in 1891, during Opatija’s tourist boom, when the unfortunate count Arthur Kesselstadt and his wife, countess Fries, fell victim to a raging storm not far from the rocks where the maiden now stands. The count’s family, overcome with grief, installed a sculpture of the Madonna on the rocks to honor their son’s memory. Over the years, however, the statue itself also suffered from harsh conditions at sea, and after extensive damage, it was removed, restored, and now stands in the Croatian Museum of Tourism in historic Villa Angiolina. In 1956, another maiden took the Madonna’s place – this time a statue by Croatian sculptor Zvonko Car. This young girl, clad in a light shift, her palm outstretched to a fluttering seagull, embodies life on the Adriatic – light, breezy, carefree, with a hint of elegance. For years, no one knew the identity of the girl. Recently Jelena Jendrasic, Car’s neighbor in Crikvenica, finally revealed that it was she who served as a model for the statue.
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