The Zagreb Cathedral

The Zagreb Cathedral is the largest and most monumental sacral building in Croatia, as well as one of the most valuable pieces of the Croatian national heritage. It was built in the style of the Gothic revival and dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Cathedral is 77 metres long and 46 metres wide. It has two bell towers, the north tower, 104 meters high, and the south tower, 105 metres high. The surface area of its interior covers 1617 m2 and can receive over 5,000 people. The bell towers house eight bells, five in the north and three in the south tower, of which the largest weighs 6,5 tons.Each bell tower has a large clock with a diameter of 320 cm, which weigh around 600 kilograms. Besides its religious and historic significance, the cathedral is also architecturally and culturally very important as one of the city’s most prominent landmarks.

Furthermore, the cathedral is the final resting place of some of Croatia’s greats, such as Ban Petar Zrinski, Count Fran Krsto Frankopan, the Blessed Aloysius Stepinac and the last three Archbishops of Zagreb.

The Diocese of Zagreb was founded by Ladislaus I of Hungary (1040-1095) in 1094 and accompanied by the construction of a church, which existed until the mid 13th century and the arrival of the Tatars. The cathedral was built on the site of that church.

Photo © Turistička zajednica grada Zagreba. Photo by M. Vrdoljak.