If you live in Mlinovi, then you know very well where Šestine is. If you're just planning to move to Mlinovi, Šestine will quickly grow on you!
Each place and neighbourhood in Zagreb has its own charm, story and interesting history. It is time we to introduce you to Šestine, an iconic urban settlement located on the southern slopes of Medvednica, that is, in the immediate neighbourhood of Mlinovi and Bel Village villas. We bring you some interesting facts and things from “did you know?” category!
How old is Šestine?
Šestine’s roots date back to distant past, more precisely, the settlement began to develop in the 13th century. In the 17th century it was mentioned as an independent parish, and at the end of the 19th century it was granted the status of an independent municipality. Today, they bear the status of an elite Zagreb settlement, an area with about 3,500 inhabitants.
And why is it called that way?
Well informed Zagreb residents will tell you that Šestine was named after a work obligation that local peasants had to perform, once upon a time, for their nobles. Working for the nobles was then called “going to the sixth” (“šestina” means “sixth” in Croatian) because it usually fell on the sixth day of the week.
What are Šestine’s landmarks?
The settlement is known for its old parish church of Saint Emeric, whose foundations were laid back in the 13th century, and it got its present appearance in 1909. The famous Kulmer Castle, also located in Šestine, was built in the 16th century and have since changed a number of owners, including the noble family Zrinski. Among many other things, the settlement is proud of its two striking landmarks – the monument to “Laundresses of Šestine” and the monument to doctor Ante Starčević.
What is the Šestine umbrella?
The famous Šestine umbrella is the traditional symbol of Šestine and one of the most recognizable souvenirs of Zagreb town. It is characterized by a bright red striped canvas and a wooden stick with a handle made of chestnut wood. Thanks to the quality of workmanship, it is known to be extremely solid and reliable, and today you will most often see it at folk events and at Dolac market where it is used as a parasol.