Maiden With The Seagull, Opatija

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  • Nice statue close to the center of opatija on the lungo mare. Great place for photos, nearby is the church and park. Cannot miss it.  more »
  • This is a beautiful bronze statue of a maiden with a seagull. It is on the rocks next tot he shore and makes for a great photo with the sea and boats in the background.  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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