OK let's leave the main square and continue to the next square - Kaptol. It's just a short walk uphill through the street called Bakaceva at the northeast of the main square. Kaptol is a huge kinda empty square. Around it you will find the cathedral as well as some nice old houses. In the middle there's the beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Kaptol is one of the oldest squares in Zagreb. It dates back to the time when there were just two settlements - Kaptol and Gradec (which is now the upper town).
Tkalciceva is a nice street full of beautiful old houses, cafes, bars and shops. Apparently it was just renovated shortly before I had been to Zagreb so it all looked nice and (maybe a bit too) clean here.
If you need a coffee while walking around or if you are searching for a drink in the evening you can't go wrong with coming here, even though it might be a bit too trendy ;)
As in the 15th century the cathedral was the most eastern cathedral in Europe it was time to defend it as well as Croatia's christianity. A fortress wall with several towers was built around it. Unfortunately it was removed and only 6 towers remained standing. One of them is directly next to the cathedral.
This friendly monument dedicated to croatian poet A. G. Matos is located just near the upper station of "Uspinjacha" cable railway, in the upper town area Kaptol.
Matos is enjoying great view over Zagreb - and so should you.
Antun Gustav Matos (1873-1914), Croatian writer; important representative of Croatian Modernism.
THE CONSOLATION OF THE HAIR
I've watched you yesterday. Sad. Dead. Dreaming.
In the hall of doom, idyll of flowers,
On a high stand, agony of candles,
Ready to surrender my life as an offering.
I didn't cry. I didn't. I stopped astounded
In the hall of doom, death and graceful fear,
Doubting that those dark eyes are still clear
From which on me a better life once glimmered.
All, all is dead: eyes, breath and hands,
All I wanted desperately to revive
In blind horror and passion of agony
In the hall of doom, in my grim thoughts.
Only your hair was still living,
And it told me: Be still! In death we are dreaming.
Kaptol is dominated by the Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and St. Stephen.
After a series of additions and renovations over the centuries, at the beginning of the 20th century two slim Neo-Gothic bell-towers were erected, which today are a prominent part of the city's visual identity. The left bell-tower is 104 meters high, while the right one is 105.
In front of the Cathedral, you'll see this stone and gold accented column in honor of Mary. Naturally, it is topped by a glimmering golden sculpture of the Holy Mother and there are additional carvings and sculptures near the base where there is a fountain.
Scattered throughout the Upper Town, you'll encounter a number of interesting steeples all pointing heavenward with different levels of ornamentation. The one pictured here is St. Mary's (Sveta Marija) close to Dolac market.
Franjevacka crkva, the Franciscan Church and the Monastery is situated north of the Cathedral, just a foot of it. Next to the church is a beautiful park from which you can easily reach Tkalcicava street.
...in Zagreb. Is the top statue made of gold ? It shines like gold !
This is the fountain of the Statue of Holy Mary.
A Viennese sculptor created this ornate depiction of the Virgin Mary surrounded by four angels in 1873.
Situated in the Kaptol, the square in front of the Cathedral.
The weather was so hot too. Impressive when the reflection of this statue shines like gold !
This is the bell-tower of St. Mary Church situated at Dolac, the main city market place in Zagreb. (Previously I said this was St. Mark's Tower, so I have corrected this).
Look at the brightly lit photo. The weather was hot ! Even for an Asian like me.
Just off the Main Square (Jelaèiæ square) and near the Dolac market is the beginning of one of the favorite "meat market" and coffee/walking street, Tkalciceva street. It is a very popular destination for sitting on the terraces, sipping coffee fir hours, just parading in pretty clothes or shopping.... There are 3 main sections of the street: the beginning with cafe Argentina (very nice coffee), Diesel Shop, music store and other nice cafes. Second section starts with the Bloody Bridge street. It features Marija Juric Zagorka statue (Croatian Writer) and a very old sun watch. It is very rich with nice little jewlery shops as well as gemstone and alternative store (Nova Arka). Third section starts near cafe Oliver Twist and features a number of sweet little restaurants.
I don't have photo of Dolac market, but this is photo of street connecting Dolac and Tkalčićeva. Some friends told me that there is good food in the restaurant on the left side of this photo.
On the top of the photo there is Gornji grad (Upper town).
Move to the north through Kaptol street, turn left behind church and return through Opatovina and Dolac market to Jelacic square. You can have a beer at Opatovina. Buy fresh fruit and cottage cheese with curd on Dolac (sir i vrhnje). My favorite breakfast (or dinner ;) ).
The Holy Marry monoment Outside the cathedral is very impressive. It has the statue of Holy Marry at the top and it is also a fountain. The golden colour of the fountain makes it very attractive. It is basically a roundabout but worth a look.
Around the cathedral you can see some fortification towers. There is also another church on the square, the Church of St. Franjo Asiski as well as the residences of the canons.