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July 7, 2003
Known originally as St. Stephen's Cathedral in 1899, its pair of gracefully slender neo-Gothic towers is its signature element. It incorporates portions from a medieval cathedral on this site, which was unfortunately destroyed by an earthquake in 1880. The high but relatively simple interiors feature elements like frescoes dating from the 13th century, Renaisance-period pews, a Baroque pulpit, and altars made of marble.
The Cathedral is surrounded by the 18th century Archbishop's Palace, which was also heavily damaged by the 1880 earthquake. A set of fortifications from the 16th Century also is in the vicinity to enhance the medieval flavor of this area.
Just west of the Cathedral is the Dolac market, the large and popular market that sells a wide variety of fresh foods to locals and travelers alike.
From journal Bill in Croatia - ZAGREB
Sea Girt, New Jersey
March 9, 2001
The cathedral was once again undergoing construction work when we visited in September 2000. Nevertheless, the church is beautiful, even when covered in scaffolding. The exterior statuary is haunting, and the interior of the church is remarkable as well. Dark, solemn and quiet, the church's interior space is smaller and more intimate than many other European churches, such as Notre Dame, St. Vitus' Cathedral in Prague, or the major Italian churches. While tourists are welcomed, the cathedral is still very much a functioning place of daily worship.
Inside the church, be sure to see a triptych by Albrect Durer, located on a side altar. Also of note is the tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac. There are several marble altars and statues as well. A magnificent organ fills the back of the church.
There is no admission to get into the church. The towers were closed to visitors when we were there due to construction/renovations, however I believe that under normal circumstances tourists may pay a small fee to ascend the towers for a view of Zagreb.
From journal Zagreb - It's Not What You'd Expect