In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years’ War, the Croatian light cavalry, renowned for its exceptional heroism, joined the ranks of the French Army. Military skills and the original appearance of the Croatian soldiers were affirmed in 1664 with the founding of the Croatian regiment “the Royal Cravates” within the French Army. A special feature of their uniforms was a red scarf – a tie that girls used to tie around young men’s necks before going to war.
Tie, the essential fashion accessory of every man originates from those brave Croatian soldiers. The reinstated ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, based on the historical evidence, can be seen in predetermined attractive tourist locations. The program is done by 13 to 20 infantrymen and 4 to 21 cavalrymen.
May 30 - October 18
Every Saturday, on established public holidays and ceremonial occasions.
5.6., 12.6., 19.6., 26.6.
3.7., 10.7., 17.7., 24.7., 31.7.
5.8., 7.8., 14.8., 21.8., 28.8.
4.9., 11.9., 18.9., 25.9.
2.10., 9.10., 16.10., 18.10.
11:00 AM–11:20 AM
Formation and departure of the infantry rank from the Regiment's Headquarters (Ethnographic Museum), lining up and dismissal of the rank, and their departure to Ban Josip Jelačić Square.
Route: Mažuranić Square (Mažuranac) – Republic of Croatia Square – Frankopanska Street – Ilica Street – halt and wait for the arrival of the cavalry rank
Merging and march of the ranks down the Ilica Street to Ban Josip Jelačić Square
11:20 AM–11:30 AM
Arrival to the Ban Josip Jelačić statue, rank and weapon inspection ceremony.
Posting an honor guard at the Ban Josip Jelačić statue
11:30 AM–11:35 AM
Departure of the line to the Virgin Mary statue in front of the cathedral – posting of guards at the Virgin Mary statue
Division of the ranks
11:45 AM–11:55 AM
Departure of the calvary to Tkalčićeva Street by the following route: Kaptol – Mikloušićeva Street – Tkalčićeva Street (to the Bishop Duh Steps)
Departure of the infantry rank along the following route: Opatovina – Park Opatovina – Bishop Duh Steps
Merging of the ranks on Tkalčićeva Street
11:55 AM–12:00 PM
March and arrival at the Ban Josip Jelačić Square
12:00 PM–12:10 PM
Ceremonial handing over of the guards
12:10 PM–12:15 PM
Departure of the rank from the Virgin Mary statue and ceremonial handing over of the guards
A prayer of thanks in front of the Virgin Mary statue – the end of the changing of the guard
12:15 PM – 12:35 PM
Infantry march to the Ethnographic Museum
Route: Ban Josip Jelačić Square – Gajeva Street – Bogovićeva Street – Flower Square – Varšavska Street – Frankopanska Street – Republic of Croatia Square – Mažuranac
12:15 PM – 12:35 PM
Departure of the Cavalry Rank to Dubravkin put
NOTE: In case of bad weather, the programs are canceled.