Exploring Zagreb’s Religious Heritage: The Church of Saint Mary

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The Church of Saint Mary, initially a monastic and, from the beginning of the 16th century, a parish church, was built right next to today’s Dolac market. In the oldest preserved pictorial representation of Zagreb (16th century), the church is drawn next to the western wall of Kaptol and has insignificant dimensions compared to the cathedral. This small Gothic church, with a tower on the east side, was gradually expanded in the mid-18th century. A bell tower was built on the north side, and the marble main altar, with statues of St. Peter and Paul and angels, was installed in 1768. Slovenian artists, father Franc and son Krištof Jelovšek painted the fresco behind it in the sanctuary. The church did not suffer damage in the great earthquake of 1880, so it served for masses instead of the heavily damaged cathedral while it was being repaired.

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