Zagreb Cathedral’s full name is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a beautiful building located in the Kaptol part of the city. The cathedral has two tall spires which can be seen from a long way away. One of the spires was being restored during our visit.
The cathedral dates from 1093. During its long history it has been damaged by fires, earthquake and a Tartar invasion. After Zagreb experienced a dreadful earthquake in 1880 the cathedral was restored by Hermann Bollé,
Outside the cathedral there were two pillars: one restored and one not. At the end of the Communist era the whole cathedral was in the same state as the non-restored pillar after years of neglect. Nearby was a clock stopped at the time the earthquake of 1880 struck the city.
During our visit there was a service going on inside the cathedral, so we could not wander round and look at things. Instead we listened to parts of the service.
Zagreb Cathedral was visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
Dolac Market is also located in the Kaptol area. The market is a colourful assortment of stalls selling flowers, fruit, vegetables, baskets, wooden goods and souvenirs. I liked the statue of the lady carrying a basket on her head as she set off to market.
This is the part of the medieval walls and one of the defending towers which has surrounded the medieval town of Kaptol. Most part of the walls, same as the cathedral itself, have been badly damaged during the invasion of the Tartars. The other displaying pictures showing part of surviving walls and other defending towers which still stand around the cathedral.
In the Middle Ages, the cathedral and the diocese were surrounded by walls and defending towers, most of which have survived to the present day. Later on the walls in front of the facade of the cathedral have been demolished to make room for the square.
The Prislin Tower is one of the best preserved parts of the defensive fortifications, which were built in the 15th and 16th century.
Its purpose was to protect Zagreb's Cathedral and the bishop's residence from invading Ottoman Turks.
The Prislin Tower can be found in close vicinity to the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zagreb's upper town (Gornij grad). This part of Zagreb is also known as Kaptol.
In the beginning of the 13th century the order of Cistersites established monastery in Zagreb, which was situated close to the western side on the Kaptol's city walls. It was at the time when Kaptol and Gradec were teo separated towns, divided by a small river (called Potok), which nowadays is best known as Tklaciceva Street. Later on Cistersites built the church, adjacent to the monastery. Somwhere at the end of the 16th century the order of Cistersites was extinguished and their church become parish church.
The church was reconstructed in 1740 in Baroque style and the stairs were added at its front facade. But the main entrance is rarely in use, there is small entrance in the eastern part of the building with the beautifull Baroque portal open for the visitors. In 1742 the Baroque bell tower was added. Around 1880 the church was again reconstructed, this time its fron facade was changed into neo-Gothic style and the work was entrusted to Hermann Bolle. At the same time two small bell towers were added.
Franciscan order have long history in Croatia, they established first monastery and the church as early as in the 13th century at the monastery which was abandoned by the Benedictins. According to some legends even St. Francis himself have visited Zagreb.
The first original church was build in the Gothic style but it was completely demolished in the big eartquake 1880. The church was reconstructed under the plan of Hermann Bolle in a Neo-Gothic style, as it is today.
This beautiful fountain is one of Kaptol's landmarks. The fountain is surrounded by four angels and the water comes out of faces. It is very popular to have your picture taken with the fountain. It was made in 1873 by the Viennese sculptor Antun Fernkorn.
Inside the walls of the Kaptol (the admission is allowed only on request) there is the Teological Faculty where many students from Croatia and abroad learn the teological sciences. In the central position you can see the chapel, which is not allowed for the public visitors, and the monument to the Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac-
In 800 the Church of the Holy Cross of Nin (near town of Zadar) is inscribed with the Latin "Here the weak man is brought to light", and it is the first written sign that Croats have accepted the catholicism. In the 11th century Croatia is both officially and irreversibly Catholic with the reign of King Petar Krešimir (1058-1074).
The Zagreb Bishopric was founded in 1094, in a charter issued by King Ladislas I. Eversince that time Kaptol is the centre of the Croatian church and here on this picture you can see the seat of the Bishopry, which is situated right behind the cathedral.
Zagreb was mentioned first time in writing in 1094, in a charter issued by King Ladislas I by which he founded the Zagreb Bishopric. The charter testifies to the existance of a much older settlement in these parts, so it may well be assumed that the city's history goes back more than a thousand years. Kaptol is dominated by the Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and St. Stephen. Here we can see parts of the rampart with which the old Kaptol was fortified.
There was a church there in King Ladislas' time, as well as a Romanesque cathedral which was badly damaged during the invasion of the Tartars.
Kaptol is the odliest part of Zagreb.
Kaptol was a medieval town with walls and towers surrounding it. Today, after the destruction of wars, fires or eathwakes only remain some parts of that defending complex that you can see near the Church.
The large Cathedral of the Assumption dominates Kaptol, a square in the Old Town named after one of Zagreb's earliest settlements. The church was been restored when we visited, so it doesn't look so impressive in the photo.
This bridge over Medvešcak river used to connect Kaptol and Gradec and quite a few bad battles between the two town took place here - that's where its name "Bloody Bridge" comes from.
The funny thing about this bridge, however, is that it's gone these days! It's a bit confusing that this street that connects Radiceva and Tkalciceva is still called a bridge.
There's some nice statues everywhere in Zagreb. This picture which I took while strolling along Tkalciceva shows the statue of the author Marija Juric Zagorka as well as a beautiful old sun dial on the wall..... and the beautiful still life was destroyed immediately by a very cheeky dog ;-)
This is a part of the statue of Virgin Mary surrounded by some beautiful angels and a fountain which stands in the middle of Kaptol square. I sat here for a while in the cold, having a drink, changing batteries of my camera and I thought that it must be nice to sit here in summer.... As I like angels I only have a picture of an angel here, one of my favourites...