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Zagreb’s solar system: A photo journal

A shiny golden orb lies earthbound on an an old city street. A small silver Saturn sits around the bend of a market square. This is Zagreb’s secret solar system, an at-scale universe installed in orbit throughout the city.

These mini sculptures are best uncovered on a galactic treasure hunt – taking in the diverse neighbourhoods revolving around them as you go.

Vibrant bouquets further brighten up this sunny city

Vibrant bouquets further brighten up this sunny city

The changing of the guards ends at Trg bana Jelacica Square, the home of Venus

The changing of the guards ends at Trg bana Jelacica Square, the home of Venus

Shoppers at Dolat Market might not even know Venus is hidden right nearby

Shoppers at Dolat Market might not even know Venus is hidden right nearby

The bright blue tram and bright yellow building bring Venus down to Earth

The bright blue tram and bright yellow building bring Venus down to Earth

Venus looks so tiny on Earth, just a silver globe against a city wall

Venus looks so tiny on Earth, just a silver globe against a city wall

Locals gather on the terraces of Cvjetni Square for Saturday morning coffee

Locals gather on the terraces of Cvjetni Square for Saturday morning coffee

Sculptures of Mercury and Earth are hidden in the picturesque Cvjetni Square

Sculptures of Mercury and Earth are hidden in the picturesque Cvjetni Square

Tkalčićeva Street is known for a pastry shop serving brownies and cream

Tkalčićeva Street is known for a pastry shop serving brownies and cream

Mars rests diminutively on the walls of Tkalčićeva Street

Mars rests diminutively on the walls of Tkalčićeva Street

The many cafes and bars of Tkalčićeva Street make it a universe all its own

The many cafes and bars of Tkalčićeva Street make it a universe all its own

Jupiter is so far flung that many don’t even know of its existence

Jupiter is so far flung that many don’t even know of its existence

Saturn sits stately and serenely in suburbia

Saturn sits stately and serenely in suburbia

Bike paths, parks and socialist architecture define the surroundings

Bike paths, parks and socialist architecture define the surroundings

Neptune is far out in the galaxy east of the city

Neptune is far out in the galaxy east of the city

Quaint homes and a craft beer spot called the Garden Brewery surround Neptune

Quaint homes and a craft beer spot called the Garden Brewery surround Neptune