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  • While I have seen quite a few magnificent and old cathedrals throughout the world in my travels, and some of them are very similar, the Cathedral of Zagreb has some unique features that I found very interesting when I visited Croatia
  • The Cathedral of Zagreb is a beautiful church in the heart of Zagreb which is free to explore and is most definitely worth a visit, not just for the architecture and history, but for the peace and people-watching as well

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      While I have seen quite a few magnificent and old cathedrals throughout the world in my travels, and some of them are very similar, the Cathedral of Zagreb has some unique features that I found very interesting when I visited Croatia. We got a map of the city from our hotel, and saw that many of the places that we wanted to see, including the cathedral, were located in the city centre, so we took a taxi to this area. We wanted to visit the most popular square in the city centre, called Ban Jelacic Square, where there were markets, the cathedral and many shops and restaurants. As soon

      as we got near the area, we could see the spires of the cathedral. In fact, our driver said that it is visible from every part of the city.

      First of all, the cathedral was begun in the 11th century, but has been added to in the years since that time. While the cathedral is Gothic in architecture, and those are a dime a dozen, it also has some different features, including a Renaissance-style watch tower that was built in the 17th century to watch out for invaders. As well, there was a fortified wall built around the church, and some of it is still standing. Secondly, the huge ...


      • wooden gates at the entrance to the area actually have a scent to them, almost like incense, which is something I had not seen before. There are also fragrant wooden benches located around the perimeter of the cathedral, making this a very peaceful spot to sit and people-watch. The cathedral is the tallest building in all of Croatia, and judging from the crowds that we experienced, it must be one of the most popular tourist attractions.

        We actually sat for awhile on the benches, while we took a break from our exploring. We were unsure if we were able to go inside, but after our break we walked to the

        entrance. We were quite shocked to discover that there is no entrance fee and we were free to go inside. As with so many ancient churches and cathedrals, the interior is awe-inspiring with stained glass windows, intricately carved statues, and tombs with the city’s archbishops inside. Unlike some of the cathedrals I have been inside, it was very quiet and I could see that people could actually worship in peace here.

        The Cathedral of Zagreb is a beautiful church in the heart of Zagreb which is free to explore and is most definitely worth a visit, not just for the architecture and history, but for the peace and people-watching as well.




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