Every Saturday and Sunday exactly at noon, St. Mark’s Square in Zagreb’s Upper Town is the venue for the exchange of the guard of the honorary company of the Cravat Regiment. The Cravat Regiment was part of the Croatian light cavalry in the 17th century.
Its biggest claim to fame was its uniform, especially the distinctive scarves its soldiers wore around their necks, which is where the cravat got its name from. The knotted scarf quickly became a popular fashion accessory, and was already then known under the ethnic name of Croat people, whom the Germans called Krobatten, and the French referred to as Cravates. When the Croatian Royal Cravates regiment was established within the French Royal Army in 1664, the cravat officially obtained its seal of originality.
If you’re visiting Zagreb, be sure to be at St. Mark’s Square at noon – you’ll see the most beautiful church roof, hear the old cannon in the nearby Lotršćak Tower fire to mark noon and see this spectacular event.