In the historical inner city of Zagreb, the 2 towers of the enormous neo-Gothic cathedral rise above the other buildings. Its official name is ‘The Cathedral of Mary’s Assumption’ but the cathedral is popularly known as the Zagreb Cathedral. The stunning exterior is as breathtaking as the interior, and no expense or efforts have been spared to adorn the cathedral with many wall paintings and altars.
The Zagreb Cathedral is the city’s most eye-catching monument. Its foundation stone was laid in 1093 but its current appearance is relatively new. After an earthquake destroyed most of the building in 1880, renowned Cologne architect Hermann Bollé designed a completely new façade, including the 2 bell towers that are 105 metres tall. If you stand in front of the cathedral it may seem as if the left tower is lower, but that is just an optical illusion. It’s a joke of the architect to mimic the asymmetry in nature.