It has scattered pigeons and shocked tourists on a daily basis at midday in the Croatian capital for 140 years now.
The Grič cannon (Grički top) is one of Zagreb’s most recognisable landmarks. Since Since 1 January 1877 the cannon has fired from the fortified Lotrščak tower on Grič in upper town to mark midday.
The cannon was initially used to communicate to bell-ringers of the city’s churches that it was exactly 12:00 noon. The tradition of firing the cannon still continues today.
The current person whose job it is to fire the cannon daily at 12:00 noon is Alem Tutundžić. Alem, who says for him it is the most interesting job in the world, has been in his role for 9 years.
Alem says he applied for the job when a vacancy for the position of cannon-firer came up.
Only four other people have held the job in the last 140 years, with Alem’s predecessor doing the job for 35 years. The light-blue uniform has also remained a tradition.
The cannon also has a Facebook page. Only one post per day is made and that is exactly at 12:00 noon which reads ‘Bum’.
Check out this video of Alem carrying out his daily duties.
(Video: Borna Filić/PIXSELL)