Upper Town

If you go from Ban Jelačić Square i.e. the main city square, up Radićeva Street, you will reach the Upper Town or Gradec, as it is more popularly known, a medieval core surrounded by 13 century walls. Be sure to include Mark's Square and St. Mark's Church as well as Ban's Palace, a baroque palace which is also the seat of the Croatian Government, into your sightseeing tour.

Visit the Croatian Museum of Naive Art, walk down to Catherine's Square, see the town palace of Dverce and the Lotrščak Tower. The Lotrščak Tower and the Strossmayer Promenade offer a magnificent view of Zagreb. Also visit the Croatian Natural History Museum, the Zagreb City Museum, and the Zagreb Observatory. 

A bit of history:
Following the attacks on the episcopal town of Zagreb in 1241, the Tatars left this area after sacking and burning it, and in fear of their return the citizens of Zagreb decided to fortify their future settlement – up on the hill. This was allowed by king Bela IV, who in 1242 granted the citizens of the new settlement important privileges in a special charter named the Golden Bull after its golden seal. Thus, Gradec became a free royal town. The Gradec Castle resembled a triangle, a stone frame protected by numerous towers, while the town itself had four entrances. 

The oldest Stone Gate in the east exists even today, with St. Mary's shrine in its dent – a baroque altar and the picture of the Holy Mother with a baby. The Holy Mother of the Stone Gates has been the biggest Zagreb shrine since times immemorial, a place where devout people find comfort and hope and convey their gratitude or ask the Protector for a better life on earth by lighting candles.



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