Kaptol - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Zagreb, Kaptol. In front of the cathedral
Kaptol - FURTHER INFORMATION
Kaptol - Zagreb visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Kaptol' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Zagreb.
Panorama taken in St Mark's Square showing the Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Kaptol is a street and small district in Zagreb, neighbouring the atmospheric Baroque district of Gradec and the busy market district of Dolac.
Formerly known as St Stephen's Cathedral, the twin spires are a landmark in Zagreb and this building is often written of as being beloved as the spiritual heart of the nation's patriotism and home of Catholicism in Croatia.
Having stood on this ground since it's inception by King Ladislaus in 1094 when he founded the bishopric, the symbolic endurance of this building despite it's many structural disasters and renovations has become of tremendous importance to the Croat people. The Tartar invasion in the 13thC through to the earthquake in 1880 have more than influenced it's architecture. Indeed it was almost totally rebuilt in the late 19thC, enthusiastically embracing the neo-Gothic trend of the day with a highly ornate exterior yet mostly bare interior.
Much of the surrounding area is made up of small, narrow streets and the fortifications which tell of a troubled past. However the area is popular with visitors, proudly maintained for cultural tourism and is an intriguing "living museum" wherein so much of the past sits seamlessly alongside a thriving, modern city.
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