One of the busiest squares in the city in 1981
Kvaternikov trg is one of the busiest spots in the city.
Its history goes back to early 20th c. when it served as a customs office of sorts, where goods were taxed and newcomers to the city were checked.
For a long time, this is was the end of Vlaška Street and a place where the actual city ended. It was named after Eugen Kvaternik (1825 – 1871), a Croatian politician and one of the founders of Stranka prava (Party of Rights). He was the leader of the 1871 Rakovica Revolt, an attempt to create an independent Croatian state when Croatia was part of Austria-Hungary, which failed and Kvaternik was executed.
The Square used to be famous for its market, which was relocated, and a Nama department store, which is still there.
Many citizens resent the fact that the Square is deserted most of the time, with the exception of Vincek and a few flower shops, and blame the poor design of the traffic network there, and a garage that was built underneath the Square, making it a stopover instead of a square where people come and spend their time at.