Grič cannon – Zagreb’s cultural heritage and historical attraction

Every day at noon, a characteristic sound echoes through the central part of Zagreb. That sound, the shot of a cannon, comes from the Grič cannon.

This tradition has been a part of everyday life in Zagreb since January 1, 1877, and it is more than just a cute local custom – it is a symbol of recognition and the city’s rich history. 

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Lotrscak Tower, Gric cannon, Photo: Dennis Jarvis, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

 

Brief History

The Grič cannon is located in Lotrščak Tower, a historical fortress on Grič that has guarded Zagreb for centuries. The cannon was installed on the initiative of city councilor Đura Deželić.

The firing of the cannon at noon had a practical purpose: it allowed church bells throughout the city to synchronize their time.

 

 

The cannon in use today is actually the fifth version. It was donated by the army for the Universiade in 1987. This 76 mm cannon has a range of 7,929 meters, but it is not a grenade that flies out of its barrel, but pieces of paper. The sound of its explosion reaches an impressive 140 dB.

 

Lotrscak Tower, Gric cannon, Photo: Matthew Goulding, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

 

The Grič cannon remained silent during the First World War until 1928. It also stopped firing after the earthquake that hit Zagreb on March 28, 2020.

However, after some time, it continued with its daily shootings to the delight of tourists and residents of Zagreb.

 

Lotrscak Tower, Zagreb, Photo: Jorge Lascar, CC BY 2.0 DEED

 

The Grič cannon, for many more years, will remain a symbol of Zagreb and its rich history, reminding us of the value of preserving cultural heritage and tradition.

 

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