The foundations of this city lie with St. Jacob's abbey, which soon evolved into Opatija (both "opatija" and "abbazia" mean 'abbey' in the Croatian and Italian languages, respectively). St Jacob, the patron saint of travellers, tanners and fruit-growers, is celebrated every year on July 25th, which is also celebrated in the town as the Day of the City of Opatija. In recent history, however, the city was part of the Venetian republic, then remained in the clutch of the wealthy Austro-Hungarian families who built their exclusive resort-city with opulence in mind and was part of Italy from 1918 to 1947. The Austrians built many of the stunning mansions that line the coast and are fine examples of architecture, filling the town with a certain atmosphere of grandeur. Beautiful parks, postcard-promenades and luxurious hotels are all a result of the 'high society' that occupied this town for over a hundred years.
Notably, this city is built upon a hill which stretches right back from the coast. While this does offer breathtaking views from houses, hotels and apartments, the walk back will prove tiring at the least!
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