Zagreb's Architectural Jewels, Zagreb

Zagreb's Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Zagreb

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 tour to appreciate the beauty of Zagreb's architecture.
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Zagreb's Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Zagreb's Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Croatia » Zagreb (See other walking tours in Zagreb)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Mark's Church
  • Zagreb Cathedral
  • Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Croatian National Theater
  • Croatian State Archives
  • Cibona Tower
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.
Zagreb Cathedral

2) 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.
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

3) Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts dates back to 1867. It was built on the initiative of Bishop Strossmayer. The building features Italian Renaissance style, and has been brought up to date technologically. The first director of the Academy was historian Franjo Racki. On the second floor of the academy is the gallery of master Strossmayer.
Croatian National Theater

4) Croatian National Theater (must see)

The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb was established in 1840. The theater moved into its current location in 1895; the unveiling ceremony was attended by Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I. The building itself was the project of famed Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, whose firm had built several theaters in Vienna. Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the building were held on October 14, 1995. At the theater's entrance, you can see the famed wall fountain "The Source of Life", designed by Croatian artist and sculptor Ivan Meštrović in 1905

Why You Should Visit: It is a gorgeous building in a park-like setting, surrounded by other beautiful buildings. If you are lucky, you may catch a performance and get a chance to see its equally gorgeous interiors, too.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Croatian State Archives

5) Croatian State Archives

The Croatian State Archives building is an example of modern European style architecture with the 20th century elements. It is located in a park and holds a great number of important documents. Initially designed to host a university library and archives, it was later - between the two world wars - renamed and reestablished as an independent institution for state archives.
Cibona Tower

6) Cibona Tower

The Cibona Tower is ranked the 3rd highest in Croatia. It stands 92 meters tall and has 25 levels. The radio mast on its roof extends the height to 105 meters. The skyscraper is a cylinder, 25 meters in diameter, which reduces its diameter in four stages. The facade is composed of dark steel, totally reflective glass, and black granite. The first stage ends up on the 21st floor, second on the 23rd floor, third on the 24th floor, and the fourth on the 25th floor. The rim of the tower is held by the 26 reinforced concrete pylons, which make it resistant to a 7° Richter scale earthquake, and the impact of a small airplane.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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.
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
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
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
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
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles