Brussels' amusement park Mini-Europe inaugurated its 28th addition to the park on Monday (June 24) to mark Croatia's upcoming accession to the European Union.
The ceremony was attended by Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, who said he was proud to witness his country becoming a member of the European Union.
"Obviously Croatia is welcome in Europe and we are very proud of it. One of our most important symbols, St. Mark's Church is now here among the other European monuments. We are very proud to participate here," Josipovic said.
After an accession period that lasted more than 12 years, Croatia is the second ex-Yugoslav country after Slovenia to join the European Union.
Though the crisis in the euro zone has undermined support for the European ideal in some member states, to many Croats the entry is still a historic moment they feel proud of.
Balloons in Croatia's national colours were released into the air as women dressed in traditional costumes unveiled a scale model of the 13th century St. Mark's Church, one of Croatia's best known monuments, located in the centre of the capital Zagreb.
The 1:25 scale replica reproduces the church's polychromatic tiles that represent two coats of arms: one symbolizing the union of the three ancient kingdoms of Slavonia, Croatia and Dalmatia; the other one being Zagreb's.
Set near Brussels' landmark monument, the Atomium, Mini-Europe represents all the countries of the European Union with replicas of European monuments.
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