Activities and Attractions
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Located in the Park Angiolina, the impressive building was constructed in 1844 by Iginio Scarpa, a rich merchant from nearby Rijeka. This building marked the beginning of tourism in Opatija and it was fully renovated in 2000. Tourists can view the richly decorated hall with its painted ceiling and the villa also houses the Museum of Croatian Tourism.
The Park of St. Jakob and Park Angiolina
Built between 1845 and 1860, these beautifully maintained parks boast plant species from around the world. They represent the monumental park architecture of Opatija and for many years in a row they have been granted the title of the most beautiful parks in Croatia.
Juraj Matija Sporer Art Pavilion
The late 19th century building originally served as a trendy meeting place for the Opatija elite, but nowadays, following full renovation in 2003, it is home to a respected art gallery.
Church of St Jacob
The 15th century abbey from which Opatija got its name, (the Croatian translation of ‘Abbey’ is ‘Opatija’), was established in the 15th century as a colony for Benedictine monks. Little remains of the original structure, since it has undergone extensive adaptation, renovation and extension over the centuries. A copy of the relief ‘Pieta’ by the esteemed Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, depicting the dying Christ with his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, is held in the church.