At the corner of Camenita and Markov Trg (St. Mark's square) there's the parliament of the Republic of Croatia called Sabor. It looks quite big for the upper town but it also looks quite small considering it's the parliament for a whole country!
St. Mark's Church stands in the middle of St. Mark's Square. It dates back to to the 13th century and used to be the parish church of Gradec.
The multicoloured tiles on the left side of the roof represent the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia, while those on right side represent the coat of arms of the city of Zagreb. The earliest known Zagreb coat of arms is the one walled in on the exterior north-western wall of the church in 1499.
St. Mark's Church is one of the emblems of the own of Zagreb.
At the building at the corner of Markov Trg and Cirilometodska there's a head carved in stone at the edge. According to legend the guy looking at St. Mark's church is Matija Gubec, the leader of the peasant uprising against their feudal lords in 1573. Also according to legend he was executed right at Markov Trg.
It is an ideal place for intimate walks, conversations and romantic dates. It has a special, little mysterious spirit and that is one of the reasons it's my favourite place in town when I need to be alone.
Kula Lotrscak, the Lotrscak Tower, is situated in a short passage called Dverce, where the southern gate to Gradec (Gornji grad - the Upper Town) used to be. The tower was built in the 13th century with the purpose of protecting the city's gates.
Every day a cannon is fired from the tower exactly at noon, giving the chance to the local people to check their watches.
Kula Lotrscak (Lotrscak Tower) was built in the 13th century with the purpose of protecting the city's gates. The tower's name comes from "campana latruncolorum", what means "the bell of the robber". The bell chimed from the tower every evening before the city gates were closed.
Every day for over a hundred years, a cannon has been fired from the top of the tower exactly at noon, giving the people of Zagreb the chance to check their watches.
The tower is situated in the short passage called Dverce, where the southern gate to Gradec used to be.
The present Kamenita vrata (Stone Gate) is much newer than the previous gates mentioned in the Middle Ages, however, there is no record of what those gates looked like. The year 1760 engraved above the northern entrance documents the last reconstruction of the Gate.
According to legend, a great fire consumed all the wooden elements of the gate in 1731, except for the painting of the Blessed Virgin and Child, which was found in the ashes, miraculously undamaged......
Katarinin trg (Catherine's Square) closes with the Jesuit church of St. Catherine, which was built between 1620 and 1632 on the model of the Roman II Gesu Church. The church is famous for its wall paintings and sculptures, and is thought to be one of the most beautiful and most fully preserved Baroque monuments.
The square is named after Katarina Zrinska, a poetess, the wife of the Croatian viceroy Petar Zrinski and the sister of Fran Krsto Frankopan. Zrinski and Frankopan were two great Croatian lords, who, in 1671, were fraudulently made to go to Wiener Neustadt, where they were executed for plotting against the Habsburg Monarchy.
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, the main street of Zagreb. The funicular is connected to Ilica Street by the short J.E.Tomic Street, which can also be reached by taking the steps beside the funicular.
The funicular railway is coloquially called "Uspinjaca".
The Tower of Lotrscak marks the beginning of Strossmayer Promenade, named after Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Bishop of Djakovo, a famous educator and poilitician.
The Pormenade is situated under the southern wall of Gradec and offers a magnificent view of the Lower Town.
Once, this gate was the main eastern entrance to the town, but today it's probably more well-known for the shrine inside the small passageway you see on the right side of this picture underneath the archway. Inside there is a 16th century statue of the Virgin Mary, which is protected in a niche behind an iron gate. Niksa tells me that it is believed that this is a holy shrine, a place of miracles because the statue survived a fire that devastated the rest of the area. Flowers are constantly placed here in tribute of the Mary and there are stone blocks in the walls with dates and names carved on them.
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.
St. Mark's is the focal point of Markov trg ("trg" means square in Croatian) in Gradec and its colorfully tiled roof is a great icon of the city. On the left in this photo, are the coats of arms of Croatia (chessboard), Dalmatia (three lions) and Slavonia (kuna
marten), and on the right is the coat of arms of Zagreb. The Gothic church was originally built in the fourteenth century, but it's been rebuilt in parts over the years, from its 17th century Baroque bell tower to the interior renovations that took place in the 20th century (including sculpture by Croatia's most famous sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic).
It's the place from where you can see the greatest view on whole Zagreb. Indoor is a museum and there is also one special thing you have to be carefull of...Every day in 12:00 sharp a cannon that is at the top of Kula Lotrscak blasts as a reminder of croatian victory over Turks in 15th century
It's definitely a must-see; this church is situated in the Upper town. This church was buildt in 14th century and it's one of the representators of essential Zagreb. Check out the roof- it represents Croatian, Dalmatian and Slavonian coats-of-arms and it's really impressive. I love this church it's very special. And don't forget to see it from the inside otherweise the impression is not complete.