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First a sea powered organ and now a musical fence...tuneful Croatia

Written by  Oct 02, 2016

Croatia as a world tourist destination is well known for its attractions - natural, historical, cultural and others. But perhaps it is less known that it has a few musical attractions.

Last week the city of Vukovar in eastern Croatia enriched its offer with a new attraction - a musical fence which plays the national anthem of Croatia.

The musical fence is a gift of the Krapina-Zagorje County to the city of Vukovar. It is part of the Science Park, a unique project that was launced in this very county earlier this June in honor of the celebration of 220 years of birth of Antun Mihanovic, the author of the Croatian national anthem ''Lijepa Nasa Domovino'' (Our Beautiful Homeland).

The new musical attraction in Vukovar consists of 35 vertical stainless tubes which produce a unique melodic sound. All visitors regardless of their musical knowledge and skills can play the first musical bars of the national anthem by beating the tubes with music mallets starting from the left to right.

The musical fence is not the only musical attraction in Croatia. The city of Zadar on the Adriatic coast is well known for its award-winning Sea Organ which has been popular since opening in 2005. It is an architectural object and an experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.

In 2006, the Sea Organ was awarded with the prize ex-aequo of the fourth edition of the European Prize for Urban Public Space.