Historical Churches, Zagreb

Historical Churches (Self Guided), Zagreb

Zagreb has many religious buildings well known, not only in Croatia, but further afield. Many of them are important architectural monuments. Almost all of them have been restored after being damaged by natural calamities, with their beauty and style carefully preserved. Take this tour to discover the most beautiful churches in Zagreb.
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Guide Name: Historical Churches
Guide Location: Croatia » Zagreb (See other walking tours in Zagreb)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Mark's Church
  • Kamenita Vrata
  • St Catherine's Church
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Zagreb Cathedral
  • St Francis Assisi's Church
St. Mark's Church

1) St. Mark's Church (must see)

St. Mark's Church is a parish church in old Zagreb. The Romanesque window on its south facade, much as the semicircular ground-plan of St. Mary's chapel, suggest that the church must have been built as early as the 13th century. In the second half of the 14th century it was radically reconstructed and turned into a late Gothic-style church of the three-nave type. The Gothic composition of the portal consists of fifteen effigies placed in eleven shallow niches. On top are the statues of Joseph and Mary with the infant Jesus, and below them one can see St. Mark and the Lion; the Twelve Apostles are placed on both sides of the portal (four wooden statues replaced the original ones which had been destroyed). In its artistic composition and the number of statues, this portal is the richest and the most valuable Gothic portal in South Eastern Europe.

Why You Should Visit: This iconic little church is one of Zagreb's most popular and endearing symbols! The tiled roof sparkles and shines in the sunlight.
Kamenita Vrata

2) Kamenita Vrata (must see)

Kamenita Vrata or The Stone Gate is one of the most important historical sights situated in Upper Town, part of the old city walls. It is believed that Kamenita Vrata was built in the 13th century.

During its long history, Zagreb underwent many reconstructions and was devastated more than once. In May 1731 a fire destroyed much of the old city, burning all the houses to the ground. At that time the Gates displayed a painting of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, which was miraculously undamaged by the flames. To commemorate the event, grateful citizens built a chapel within the arch of the old Stone Gate. The chapel, which still houses the painting of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, has since become Zagreb’s most popular shrine and is regularly visited by local people who come to light a candle and thank Virgin Mary for protecting them.

Why You Should Visit: Kamenita Vrata is one of the most important historical sights in Zagreb and a definite must-see for everyone.
St Catherine's Church

3) St Catherine's Church

The Church of St Catherine is the first Baroque church in Zagreb, located in the square of the same name. Before the St. Catherine's was built, a 14th-century Dominican church occupied the area. When the Jesuits arrived in Zagreb in the early 17th century, they thought the original church too rundown and inadequate, and worked to build a new church. Construction began in 1620 and was completed in 1632. A monastery was built adjacent to the church, but now the spot is home to the Klovićevi dvori art gallery. St. Catherine's church was victim to fire twice in history: once in 1645 and again in 1674, devastating the interior. The church was refurnished with help from wealthy Croatian nobles, and in return, they were allowed to display their family coat-of-arms or have the honour to be buried or entombed in the church. Inside the church there are some Baroque-style sculptures and paintings. The building has sustained damage throughout centuries, caused primarily by earthquakes; its exterior has largely remained intact, though. Near the church is located a gymnasium and a monastery that has now been transformed into a museum.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. Mary's Church

4) St. Mary's Church

The Church of St. Mary was built in the 16th century on the site of a 13th century church of the same name. In the 18th century it expanded and obtained a Gothic appearance. Its altar and frescoes have been painted by Slovenian artists.
Zagreb Cathedral

5) Zagreb Cathedral (must see)

Zagreb Cathedral is the most important and famous religious edifice in the city. Its construction was started in the 11th century, but was not finished because of wars and other reasons. Its present neo-Gothic facade appeared in the 18th century. Wood was largely used in the cathedral's construction and the scent of old wood is felt inside even today. Part of the interior are the stained-glass windows depicting biblical events. Also, there are a Baroque altar and several paintings and sculptures featuring the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

Why You Should Visit: One of the city's main landmarks; an impressive building located in Zagreb's city center.
St Francis Assisi's Church

6) St Francis Assisi's Church

The Church of St Francis Assisi or Crkva Sv. Franje Asiškog dates back to the 13th century. It is considered to be one of the best Franciscan buildings in Central Europe. Being dedicated to St. Francis, the church has the altar and many paintings and sculptures inside featuring the saint. Following a renovation after a powerful earthquake, the church has got a Neo-Gothic interior.

Walking Tours in Zagreb, Croatia

Create Your Own Walk in Zagreb

Create Your Own Walk in Zagreb

Creating your own self-guided walk in Zagreb is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

Zagreb is a very beautiful city with a great history. The local museums may tell you a lot about the most important events in the country's history through paintings, drawings, and other artifacts, such as books, clothes, photos and documents. Take this tour to learn more about the city of Zagreb from a historical point of view.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Uptown Zagreb

Uptown Zagreb

The upper part of Zagreb is a historic, cultural and entertainment area. It contains one of the most colorful streets in the city, Tkalčićeva Street. Also located uptown is the famous in Zagreb Dolac market. Among other attractions, there are several museums and churches that are known nationally and around Europe. Take this tour to explore the sights of upper Zagreb.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Lower Zagreb

Lower Zagreb

The lower part of the city of Zagreb is full of attractions that deserve to be seen. For example, Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog is considered to be the most beautiful spot in the city, and hence the most suited for walking. Located nearby are the art pavilion, Tomislav Square, and many other attractions. Follow this tour to discover the beauty of lower Zagreb.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Zagreb Introduction Walking Tour

Zagreb Introduction Walking Tour

The capital of Croatia Zagreb is a picturesque city, rich in historical architecture dominated by 18th- and 19th-century buildings featuring Austro-Hungarian style. Among the city's focal attractions are the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and the 13th-century St. Mark’s Church distinguished by its colorful roof. Also worth exploring are the pedestrian zone of Tkalčićeva street, Ban...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Zagreb's Architectural Jewels

Zagreb's Architectural Jewels

Zagreb's architectural scene is diverse and features a number of buildings of national importance. Many of the structures - churches, theaters, monuments and towers - have been renovated after being damaged by natural calamities, yet they retained their initial splendor - facade decorations and interior design elements. Some of Zagreb's buildings are renowned internationally. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles