Rebuilding History: The Dawn of Zagreb’s New Era with the 16th Century City Hall

In the 16th century, Zagreb and Croatia were significantly impacted by the Hundred Years’ Croatian-Ottoman War. The century concluded with a major earthquake on September 15-16, 1590, three years before the war’s end, devastating Zagreb and even destroying Medvedgrad. This was seen as a symbolic end to the old era and a prelude to new beginnings.

Following the war’s conclusion, extensive work began in Gradec, including the construction of a new city hall from 1615 to 1616. This building, located on the corner of St. Mark’s Square and Ćirilometodska Street (formerly Gospodska Street), replaced a medieval city hall. Like most structures in Gradec at the time, the city hall featured a shingle roof made of split pine or oak boards.

The original city hall is mentioned twice in the 17th century (1656 and 1659) regarding its roofing. It is believed to have been re-roofed with shingles after a fire in 1674 that severely damaged the city and again in a fire in 1706.

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