This church is on the main square of upper Zagreb town, Square of St. Mark, where is Croatian parliamanet and government situated.
The spectrum of colors displayed on the roof shows you old coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on one side, and old Zagreb emblem beside.
Original building was built in 14th century, but due to earthquakes and various of other natural disasters it had to be restaurated for many times. Todays famous coloured roof was made in 1880. and now is one of the simbol of Croatia.
I found the 'standard' Upper Town. My second photo reveals an 'Upper Viewing Platform' of a different kind...
As shown in the first photo, you get far-reaching views, with mainly charming, historic, heritage buildings and rooflines appearing in view.
This was taken from a wide viewing platform at the top of a flight of stairs.
To get back down you have two options - the stairs, or the rapidly sloping and winding road.
You can climb this prominent tower dating back to the 13th century for a fee and enjoy the view from up there. Inside the tower there is also a souvenir shop. Every day at 12 noon a small cannon is fired so that the Zagrebians know what time it is. I haven't seen it fired but I heard it.
This pleasant promenade on the southern wall of Gradec (Upper Town) offers excellent views on the Lower town. There are benches to sit on. Also there are various different paths that take you to the lower part of town.
The last reconstruction of the actually much older gate is from 1760. Still today people come to worship here, which makes it a bit difficult to take pictures. Apparently, in 1731 the gate burnt down but in the ashes the painting of the Blessed Virgin and the Child was found, that's why it's still so popular today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.