The picturesque church of St. Mark is one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb and one of its symbols. It was built in the 13th century and from that Romanesque construction phase are preserved window found in the south wall and the base of the bell tower.
Gothic vaults and sanctuary were built in the second half of the 14th century when the church got its most valuable part - a luxurious Gothic southern portal, made in Parler's workshop in Prague, one of the most famous medieval sculpture workshops. On the northwest wall is the oldest coat of arms of Zagreb from 1499 (the original is kept in the Zagreb City Museum).
The church was rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century according to the plans of the Viennese architects Friedrich Schmidt & Hermann Bolle and again restored in the first half of the 20th century. On this occasion, its walls were painted by renowned artist Joe Kljaković and the altars are set up with works of the famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
On the roof, tiles are laid so that they represent the coat of arms of Zagreb (white castle on red background) and Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
You can only enter the anteroom during opening hours. The church itself is open only at Mass time.
From late April to October there is a guard-changing ceremony outside the church every Saturday and Sunday at noon.
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Source: www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr; en.wikipedia.org; www.lonelyplanet.com
Photography: KamrenB & Lassi Kurkijarvi