Attractions in Zagreb
Trg Bana Jelacića (Ban Jelacic Square)
The old town can be reached on foot, starting from Ban Jelacic Square, the central part and the heart of Zagreb, making it the usual starting point for sightseeing tours through the three historical parts of Zagreb: the Upper Town (Gornji Grad), Kaptol and the Lower Town (Donji Grad). The equestrian bronze statue of Ban Jelacic, Croatian national hero, viceroy of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in the 19th century, is the centrepiece of the square, surrounded by elegant Secessionist buildings. The car traffic is excluded from the square.
Turn right into the first street on the left to visit the St. Stephen's Cathedral. A church already existed here before the foundation of the city. The original building was destroyed in the 19th century by an earthquake, the new Cathedral was erected in neo-Gothic style with twin steeples. It's one of the most representative features of the tow. The baroque Archbishop's palace is attached to the cathedral.
Markov Trg (St Mark's Square)
St. Mark Square houses the highest Croatian legislative organisations, the neo-classical Parliament and the baroque Ban's Court Palace, the traditional residence of Croatian viceroys in the 19th century. The palace is now seat of the Government. The square is named after the St. Mark's Church (with the works of Ivan Mestrovic, most famous sculptor of Croatia), standing on the north side, easily recognisable for the red-white-blue roof features the coats of arms for Zagreb and Croatia.
The market is situated north from the Ban Jelacic Square. Colourful stalls vending fruit, vegetables and flowers set up on the raised piazza outside, while an indoor area below displays meats and dairy products. The market is especially vibrant on Friday and Saturday.