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Stone Gate Zagreb

As many of the historical cities in Europe, also Zagreb had, in ancient times, walls that protected the city from invasions and troubles. Part of these walls are now visible, but what is most striking in the Croatian capital is the Kamenita Vrata or the Stone Gate, the eastern gate of the city, which survived the fire and is now considered a landmark in Zagreb with a lot of visitors every year who come to bring a flower, lit a candle or pray under the Virgin and the Child painting.

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Built in the XIII century, the walls of Zagreb endured many attacks and invaders. As usual, the walls have many gates, this famous one is the eastern gate of the city, and it is full of mystery and a sacred aura. According to the legend, the fire that destroyed the city in 1731 (one of the many fires that destroyed the wooden buildings of the city) didn’t touch the painting of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, a work of art made by a 17th century unknown artist. As it was the only thing that was not destroyed by the disastrous fire, the painting became an oath site and people visiting Zagreb stop by to pray, to leave some flowers or to simply lit a candle. The stone gate survived many fires and many destroying attempts, however it is still strong and it still protects its citizens and whoever comes to say a little prayer under its vaults. So, during your visit in Zagreb stop by this historical landmark and be enchanted by its legend.

Highlights

  • The statue of Dora, made by Ivo Kerdic, legendary heroine of a novel, ‘The Goldsmith’s Gold’ by August Senoa, the greatest Croatian novelist, who actually lived with her father next to the gate.
  • The square stones engraved in the walls, which report the prayers and the thankfulness of believers to the Virgin Mary.
  • The gate contains also a library, a museum and a historical archive of the city of Zagreb, which can be visited by tourists, instituted at the beginning of the XX century.
  • The painting itself. Even if we don’t know who painted it, the Virgin Mary and Jesus is still an admirable painting which deserves an attentive look, a part from the prayers.
  • Nearby the gate, you can also visit the old pharmacy, opened in the XIV century, and the lion statue devoted to the Admiral Nelson.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The statue of Dora, made by Ivo Kerdic, legendary heroine of a novel, ‘The Goldsmith’s Gold’ by August Senoa, the greatest Croatian novelist, who actually lived with her father next to the gate.
  • The square stones engraved in the walls, which report the prayers and the thankfulness of believers to the Virgin Mary.
  • The gate contains also a library, a museum and a historical archive of the city of Zagreb, which can be visited by tourists, instituted at the beginning of the XX century.
  • The painting itself. Even if we don’t know who painted it, the Virgin Mary and Jesus is still an admirable painting which deserves an attentive look, a part from the prayers.
  • Nearby the gate, you can also visit the old pharmacy, opened in the XIV century, and the lion statue devoted to the Admiral Nelson.