Zagreb Cathedral

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Zagreb, Croatia

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Kaptol Jan 15, 2017
The city of Zagreb, as we know it today, occurs in the 8th and 9th century on the small hill called Kaptol, which became the nucleus of the future city. 1094 established the diocese and based on Kaptol, which at that time was surrounded by the defending walls. Until the end of the 19th century Cathedral was surrounded by high walls and defending towers that have been removed in order to made big open space. Around Kaptol were scattered houses of local farmers and herders.

Opposite to Kaptol, on the hill called Gradec, was formed the settlement in which dwelt craftsmen and traders. Gradec and Kaptol were bitter enemies that were constantly at war for supremacy. 1217 King Bela IV awarded Gradec with Golden Bull, with whom it became a free royal city. 1850 Kaptol and Gradec were combined into a single unit, having 16,000 inhabitants.

Kaptol has been, and still is, the center of Croatian Catholic Church to this day, there is the seat of bishop and cardinal, all church institutions as well as the Rector of the Faculty of Theology.
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Vipin Vipin
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Iconic Oct 18, 2011
Located in the Kaptol area of Zagreb, the cathedral is definitely amongst the most iconic of buildings that grace the city, and you can never seem to escape its view when you are wandering around the city. Though the building dates from the eleventh century, there is very little trace of its ancient origins, notwithstanding the ancient fresco that still hangs on for dear life at the right hand side of the main altar. Due to earthquake damage, much of the cathedral was rebuilt in the nineteenth century. The result was a very gothic looking building, and the towers seem a little strange above the top. However, these served an important political purpose too, as a lookout for the threat of Ottoman invasion.

The cathedral is very nicely decorated and though there aren’t that many pretty chapels here, it’s still a very nice visit indeed. Whatever time of day you come, the cathedral receives a regular visit from swathes of tourists groups. The beatified figure that graces the main altar area is quite a feature too. The current pope recently came to pray by the monument, as did his predecessor (who actually beatified him). At normal times of the year however, the monument still receives great amounts of attention from devout worshippers. Beneath the ground floor, I understand that there is a crypt which contains the remains of the key clergymen that were historically associated with the cathedral.

A very nice cathedral indeed and well worth a visit.
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jeminigirl says:
I love exploring churches when in another country, I find the architecture stunning =D
Posted on: Oct 27, 2011
Vipin says:
agreed! hopefully the pics did it some justice. i thought it was quite small for a cathedral, but it was nicely done :)
Posted on: Oct 27, 2011
sylviandavid says:
It sounds really pretty....
Posted on: Oct 27, 2011

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