With its towering spires and magnificent neo-Gothic design, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (or simply Zagreb Cathedral) is one of the Croatian capital’s must-see attractions. The imposing twin spires are 354 feet (108 meters) high, making the cathedral the tallest building in Croatia.
Zagreb Cathedral hovers over the city, and its spires can be seen from almost anywhere in town. As one of the city’s major sights, the cathedral is included in most sightseeing tours along with other notable landmarks such as the Stone Gate, Bloody Bridge, and Ban Jelačić Square. Cathedral highlights include its magnificent architecture, 13th-century frescoes and intricate shrines, and colorful stained glass windows.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is no admission fee to enter Zagreb Cathedral.
- Modest dress is recommended, as the cathedral is a functioning religion site.
- Attending daily Mass is one of the best ways to experience the cathedral.
- Don’t miss the tomb of the controversial Croatian archbishop Alojzije Stepinac.
How to Get There
You’ll find the Zagreb Cathedral in the Upper Town (Gornji Grad). Trams are the simplest and most efficient way to get around the city, and several trams will get you within a 5-minute walk of the cathedral. Alternatively, take the bus or the world’s shortest cable car, the Zagreb Funicular, from Lower Town.
When to Get There
The Zagreb Cathedral can be visited year-round. A great time to visit is during Mass, which is held daily in the morning and evening with several services held on Sundays and holidays. You’re free to explore the cathedral on your own when Mass isn’t being celebrated.
The Zagreb Cathedral Organ
With over 6,000 flue pipes and 78 registers, the Zagreb Cathedral Organ is considered one of the largest and most impressive organs in the world. In addition to regular organ concerts, the cathedral celebrates an annual organ festival throughout the summer. Check the cathedral schedule to see if any recitals are scheduled during your visit.