Less known but interesting stories about Rijeka.
Did you know...
- ... that the torpedo is an invention of a born Rijeka’s citizen, officer in the Austro-Hungarian navy, Giovanni Luppis and Robert Whithead?!
- ... that the construction of the Rijeka’s skyscraper ‘Neboder’ was funded by the accountant of the famous gangster Al Capone, Marko Arbori. The skyscraper was built from 1939 to 1942 on the basis of the project of the Trident Architect Umberto Nordia. It is interesting to note that it is two floors taller than the first skyscraper in the world, that of Chicago in 1885. The skyscraper in the basement has an anti-Salvage shelter, and another interesting thing is that under its foundations there is a hidden necropolis of the Roman cemetery?!
- ... that the Mayor of New York, Fiorello La Guardia, was the US diplomatic representative for the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and acted in a building in Rijeka where today is located Fiorello Pub. New York Airport carries its name?!
- .... that there are three works of the famous painter, Gustav Klimt, in Rijeka’s theater HNK Ivana pl. Zajc. They are more valuable than the building itself?!
- .... that many world-famous personalities visited Rijeka? Che Guevara, James Joyce, Franz Liszt, Dora Maar, Enrico Caruso, Benito Mussolini, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Bobby Fischer, Saadam Husein?!
- ... that in the area of the Old Town until 1904 was a defensive castle dating from the 16th century?!
- …that the Watt steam machine was first used for the needs of the Paper Mill in Rijeka and it was the first steam machine on the Balkan Peninsula?! Back then the factory accounted for 5% of the world's total production of cigarette paper!
- ... that the symbol and the trademark of Rijeka is the ‘Morčić’ which symbolizes the victory over the Turkish invaders in the 16th century at Grobnik. As a memorial to victory, soldiers handed Morčić earrings to their women?!
- ... that the city’s ‘Dead Channel’ was the state border that divided the city into two parts, Rijeka which belonged to the Kingdom of Italy and Sušak, which was part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes?!
- ... that Rijeka at the end of the 19th century was among the first in Europe, and the only one in Croatia that owned a pet cemetery?!