Zagreb, Croatia

Top Attractions in Zagreb, Croatia

Top Attractions in Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Cathedral, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant TravelZagreb Cathedral

The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution. It’s not only the tallest building in Croatia, but it’s also the most monumental sacral building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps. This massive Roman Catholic edifice was restored to its former glory during the 1990s. It is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to two kings of Hungary: Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus.

Quick Facts

  • Height:
    • 354 ft. (108 m) (spire height)
  • Width:
    • 151 ft. (46 m)
  • Architectural styles:
    • Gothic architecture (original)
    • Gothic Revival architecture (19th century reconstructions)
  • Years Built: 
    • Mid-13th century
    • 1880–1906 (reconstruction/additions)
  • Bells
    • North Tower: 5
    • South Tower: 3
  • Opened:
    • 1906

Interesting Facts

  • The tallest building in Croatia
  • The most monumental sacral building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps.
  • The Croatian 1000 kuna banknote depicts the cathedral, which was issued in 1993.
  • The cathedral contains a relief of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac with Christ done by the Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović.
  • The cathedral was visited by Pope Benedict XVI on 5 June 2011 where he celebrated Sunday Vespers and prayed before the tomb of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac.

Zagreb Cathedral, night, Zagreb, Cathedral | Volant TravelHistory

  • 1093
    • King Ladislaus (1040-1095) moved the bishop’s chair from Sisak to Zagreb, proclaiming the existing church a cathedral.
  • 1095
    • Shortly after King Ladislaus’ death, construction started.
    • It was finished in 1217 (122 years).
    • Consecrated by King Andrew II of Hungary.
  • 1242
    • Mongols destroyed the building, but bishop Timotej (1263-1287) rebuilt it a few years later.
  • Late 15th Century
    • The Ottoman Empire invades Croatia.
    • Construction of fortifications begin around the cathedral, some of which are still intact today.
  • 17th Century
    • The fortified renaissance Lotrščak Tower was erected on the south side of Kaptol Hill. It was used as an observation point for the military against Ottoman threat.
  • 1880-1906
    • The 1880 Zagreb earthquake rocked the cathedral, collapsing the main nave and damaging the tower beyond repair. The restoration work was done in the Neo-Gothic style, led by Hermann Bollé, which is what you see today.
    • Two spires were built on the western side as part of the restoration work. They each stand at 354 ft. (108 m). They are presently being restored as part of an extensive restoration project of the cathedral.

Zagreb Cathedral from drone, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant Travel

Zagreb Cathedral by drone, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant Travel

Zagreb Cathedral by drone, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant Travel

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant TravelSt. Mark’s Church

The Church at St. Mark’s Square in Zagreb, Croatia is a parish church of Old Zagreb.
The Romanesque window found in its south facade is the best evidence that the church must have been built as early as the 13th century as is also the semicircular ground-plan of St. Mary’s chapel (later altered).In the second half of the 14th century, the church was radically reconstructed. It was then turned into a late Gothic church of the three-nave type.

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St. Mark's Church, ground, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant TravelHistory

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant Travel

St. Mark's Church, ground, panorama, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant Travel

St. Mark's Church seen from Lotrščak Tower, panorama, Zagreb, Croatia | Volant Travel

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