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Without my inventions, you could hardly imagine your everyday life.

If you take a look around, the street we are standing on is full of bars and pubs. There used to be a creek flowing through the middle of the valley but now it runs underneath the street. The creek was surrounded by bath houses, barber shops and - mills. Everyday, millers would grind wheat to make flour and sell it to the bakers who would then make bread for the whole medieval population of Zagreb. The mills on this creek fed citizens of Zagreb for hundreds of years.

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In front of you is a visionary, an inventor whose name is Faust Vrančić. Vrančić was born in the 16th century in Šibenik, a coastal town in Croatia, but he made his career all over Europe. At one point he was the secretary of Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, on whose royal court he spent time with great figures such as Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brache. But Vrančić had ideas of his own, and many of them. His most famous work is The New Machines, a book which summarizes the knowledge on the machines of that time. In the book Vrančić presents drawings and calculations on over 50 machines, including mills and bridges.

One of his ideas was the suspension bridge like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, built centuries later using the same technique. What really fueled the mind of the great inventor was the idea of flying. And the most important part of flying is - landing safely. In The New Machines Vrančić presents a device which allows a person to land safely - a device which we today call - the parachute. He named his sketch of a parachute Homo Volans - The Flying Man. Faust Vrančić was a true renaissance man, known as Croatian Leonardo Da Vinci.

About the project

Sit & Meet is a project in Zagreb that includes unique walking tours where you can meet Croatian innovators and geniuses for a coffee, along with seeing all the famous city sights.

Through the Sit & Meet project, you can learn everything about the Croatian coffee culture and meet the Croatian innovators, explorers, and other famous people who made an impact on the world.

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