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 ;-)
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 ;)
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).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.