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Zagreb Cathedral

Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is the most famous and the tallest building in Zagreb, Croatian capital city. The Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and St. Stephen and its  Neo-Gothic bell towers (104 and 105 m high) can be seen from many locations in the city and are prominent part of the city's identity. Cathedral is also the tallest building in Croatia.

The building of the first Romanesque cathedral, on same location, started in the 11th century (1093), although the building was destroyed during the invasion of the Tatars in 1242. The current structure was built in the later half of the 13th Century, although many alterations and renovations have been made since that time, changing the structure almost completely.

Zagreb Cathedral

At the end of the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire invaded Bosnia and Croatia, triggering the construction of fortification walls around the Cathedral. Some of these fortifications are still intact. In the 17th century, a fortified renaissance watchtower was erected on the south side, and was used as a military observation point, because of the Ottoman threat.

In 1880, the cathedral was severely damaged in an earthquake. The main nave collapsed and the tower was damaged beyond repair. The restoration of the cathedral in the Neo-Gothic style was made by Hermann Bollé, bringing the cathedral to its present form.

In the Zagreb Cathedral Treasury, dating from the founding of the Zagreb Bishopric, invaluable treasures are stored.

The Cathedral is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 1000 kuna banknote, issued in 1993.

The Tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in the Zagreb Cathedral

The Tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in the Zagreb Cathedral
(The Tomb was made by sculptor Hrvoje Ljubic)

Zagreb was mentioned for the 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 existence of a much older settlement in these area, so it may well be assumed that the city's history goes back more than a thousand years.
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