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Kaptol - defending tower
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.
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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.
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Zagreb's cathedral is surrounded by Renaissance-era defensive walls, built to protect the church from invading Ottoman Turks. All of the original sixteenth-century walls remain with the exception of that which previous ran along the front of the cathedral; it was removed to showcase the cathedral's facade.
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The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located in the Kaptol neighbourhood of the upper town. This neo-Gothic church was built in the 19th century and features towers soaring 105 metres and a treasury housing valuables such as an ivory plenarium which was once stolen and replaced with a copy (today both the original and the copy are on display). The cathedral is also well-known for its gold-plated statues of the Virgin Mary and four angels, welcoming visitors as they approach the building.
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Kaptol - crkva sv. Marije
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.
Kaptol - Franjevacka crkva
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.
Blessed Virgin Mary fountain
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.
Tkalciceva ulica, which lies in between Kaptol and the Upper Town, is one of the oldest street in Zagreb. Actually, it belongs to the Upper Town although great majority of the citizens considere it as a line which used to devided two ancient rivals, Kaptol and Gornji grad, before their unification in the city of Zagreb.
Tkalca is coloquial name for this pitoresque and very charming street which is one of the most popular pedestrian and nightlife areas of the town. Each and every house, of this relatively short street, is turned into the cafe-bar, restaurant, art-gallery or gift-shop. We use to say here, the days are very short here and the nights even shorter.
Kaptol - Teoloski fakultet
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-
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Kaptol - Duhovni stol
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.
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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.
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The defending tower
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.
THE BLOODY BRIDGE (KRVAVI MOST)
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 ;-)
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