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Prepared by: Željka Kunštek

id you know that Zagreb is the cravat capital of the world and that the basic idea for that male fashion accessory came from a 17th century Croatian handkerchief? It all started with the Cravat Regiment, a Croatian light cavalry regiment from the 17th century that was recognizable not only for its brave soldiers and heroic feats, but also for their uniforms with the attractive handkerchiefs that the soldiers tied into knots around their necks, which is how the cravat got its name. Croatian soldiers spread its popularity throughout Europe in the Thirty Years' War, and the cravat became a recognizable fashion accessory. The French, who called them "Cravattes", were amongst the first to accept them, followed by the Germans ("Krobatten"), and other European countries. In 1664, the same year the Croatian "Royal Cravattes" Regiment was founded as part of the French Royal Army, the cravat officially got its certificate of originality. You can find out more about this interesting cravat story, and much more, during the attractive two-hour ceremony held every weekend on the streets of the Upper Town according to the seasonal schedule. Each changing of the guard starts with a ceremony for preparing the guards and inspecting the weapons, while the Changing of the Guards of Honor of the Cravat Regiment starts precisely at noon on St. Mark's Square. Besides dividing the ranks at the side entrance to St. Mark's Church on St. Mark's Square, the 12-soldier regiment also divides the ranks at two other locations: on Zagreb's main square (Ban Josip Jelačić Square), and at the statue of Our Lady on Kaptol, in front of Zagreb's Cathedral. Armorers, trumpeters, drummers, flag bearers and a commander all participate in the ceremony. They will all give you a glimpse of the tradition of soldiers with a famous past. 

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