Gornji grad - the Upper Town, Zagreb

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    Uspinjaca

    by hello3001 Updated Apr 19, 2007

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    A little cable car is a way to get to the Upper Town where you can find several attractions of the city. One of them is Tower Lotrscak famous for the cannon that every day marks 12 o'clock.
    The cable car trip to the top is very short, the price is 3 kuna.

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    Strossmayer Promenade

    by hello3001 Written Apr 17, 2007

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    Once you got up by the cable car on you left and right is a little promenade. If you take a look you will see a monument of the famous Croatian poet A.G.Matos. The monument is different - a statue sitting on the bench.

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    Stone Gate

    by graeme83 Updated Feb 8, 2007

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    The only remaining one of four former entrances to the city. The original Stone Gate was destroyed by a fire in 1731. All that remained of the original gate was a painting of the Blessed Virgin and Child. This forms the centrepeice of a chapel inside the gate.

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    St. Mark's Church

    by graeme83 Written Feb 7, 2007

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    Standing in the centre of St. Mark's Square this colorful church dates back to the 13th century. Coats of Arms of the city of Zagreb, the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia are located on the church's roof.

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    Lotrscak Tower

    by graeme83 Written Feb 7, 2007

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    Lotrscak Tower was erected in the mid-13th century by the southern city walls. It got its name from campana latrunculorum (the bell of thieves) and it rang out each evening before the city gates were closed.

    Each day for more than 100 years a cannon is fired from the top of the Lotrscak tower at midday.

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    Uspinjaca (funicular railway)

    by andrea.d Written Nov 26, 2006

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    At the foot of Lotrscak Tower, there is a funicular railway, built in 1891, which connects the Upper Town with the middle of Ilica Street, Zagreb’s main street. This funicular railway is called uspinjaca in Croatian and reminded me a lot of Elevador De Santa Justa, whis can be seen in Lisbon.

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    Kamenita Vrata

    by andrea.d Written Nov 26, 2006

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    This archway was one of the four original entries into the walled Gornji Grad of the feudal period. In 1731 a terrible fire destroyed much of the town, and legend has it that a vision of the Virgin Mary could be seen in the burnt ash that remained in this entry. It was reconstructed in 1760 and hasn't been touched since. Today you'll find people praying in the church pews, ceilings and candles glowing as a testament to a people and their faith.

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    Lotrscak Tower (Kula Lotrscak)

    by andrea.d Written Nov 26, 2006

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    Lotrscak is a four-sided Romanesque tower which had its fourth floor added in the mid-19th century when the widows were also put in. It was built in the mid-13th century by the southern city walls.
    Lotrscak had got its name from campana latrunculorum (the bell of thieves) and it rang out each evening before the city doors were closed. Each day for more than 100 years a cannon is fired from the top of the Lotrscak tower marking midday which people of Zagreb used to mark their watches.
    The Lotrscak tower is nowadays an exhibition area and a gift shop of the nearby gallery.

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    Crkva Svetog Marka

    by andrea.d Written Nov 26, 2006

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    The church of St. Mark is the old Zagreb parish church. It was built in the 13th century and this claim is supported by the fact that a Romanesque window had been discovered at the southern facade as well as a blueprint of the chapel of St. Mark (later changed). The church had undergone serious construction changes in the second half of the 14th century when it was transformed into a church of late Gothic characteristic with the ceiling divided into three sections. The church includes many works of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia's most famous sculptor.

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    Lotrscak Canon Tower

    by josephescu Updated Jun 22, 2006

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    The tower was built in the middle of the 13th century in order to protect the southern city gate. For the last 100 years, a cannon has been fires every day at noon commemorating a legendary event from Zagreb’s history – it is said that one day when the turks camped near the walls, a cannon ball happened to hit a rooster…the rooster was blown to pieces…and so, the Turks became so demoralised that they failed to attack the city. Ain’t this kinda silly?
    The tower may be climbed for a 360 degree view over the entire city.

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    St Mark's Church

    by josephescu Written Jun 22, 2006

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    The 13th century St. Mark’s Church has an impressive tiled roof, constructed 1880. the tiles on the left depict the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia, while the emblem of Zagreb is on the right side. The present bell tower replaces the old one which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1500.
    A visit to the interior is a MUST see, as there are sculpture of Ivan Mestrovic.

    The centre of Croatian politics concentrate in this very square, with the house of parliament on the eastern side and the presidential palace on the opposite. Croatian independence from the Austro-Hungarian was proclaimed from the balcony of the house of parliament.
    The presidential palace (formerly, the viceroy’s one) was bombed by the army in 1991, in an attempt to assassinate the president in office of that time.

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    Walking Streets Of Zagreb

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    Walking Streets of Upper Town

    I always like to walk the streets of any city or town i visit, you just walk in a set direction always keeping in mind that you have to get back to your hotel. Write down the name and address of your hotel in case you get lost which can be a problem if you cannot speak the language and cannot remember the hotel's address. It is a good method of getting the feel of a city , how the people live and more often than not you wander into areas off the tourist track and see the real life of the city. Wandering through the upper town I found the buildings to be in good condition, sometimes colourful, some nice cafes and restaurants etc.

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    Church of St Mark

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    This church was first constructed during the 13th century, however over the centuries it has significantly changed through additions and replacement due to fire damage. What stands out from the exterior is the coloured glazed tiles on the roof which occured in 1882. These tiles bear the coat of arms of Croatia,Dalmatia,Slovania and the city of Zagreb.

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    The Upper Town - two faces of the same building

    by croisbeauty Updated May 12, 2006

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    after restauration works
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    Not all what worth to see in the Upper Town can be seen from the street-side.This attractive building, designed in neo-Classical style, is hidden in the courtyard and surrounded with the beautiful park. When strolling around the Upper Town do not hesitate to look at what is behind the gates, your couriosity might be rewarded.
    The first picture of the building dates from 2002, and it used to serve as a kinder garden. The other pictures dates from May 12, 2006 and the restauration works are almost finished showing the palace in its old glory and beauty. According to the informations, it is going to be museum or gallery.

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    The Upper Town - Gornji grad

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The picture of Gornji grad (the Upper Town) former called Gradec taken from the air. Of course, this is not my picture.
    In the beginning, Kaptol and Gradec were two towns, the first one governed by the Catholic church and the second one governed by the local merchants and kraftsmen.
    In the Middle Ages there existed great rivality between this two towns regarding dominations of whole area and surroundings.

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