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Gornji Grad is also home to Hrvatski povijesni muzej/the Croatian History Museum, inside which you can see collections containing over 200,000 artefacts from the cultural and national heritage of Croatia, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. Not far from there is St. Mark's Church - Crkva sv. Marka, unforgettable for the spectrum of colours displayed on the roof which beautifully depicts the Croatian, Dalmatian, and Slavonian coats-of-arms, and also the Zagreb city emblem. It provides for quite a lasting visual and given the colours involved you would be forgiven for thinking it freshly made. Of course, due to various natural disasters it has received much in the way of reconstruction and not a whole lot remains of the original 14th century building itself. Inside, highlights include two works by Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s most famous sculptor, and frescoes by the artist Jozo Kljaković. Moving north and east from there you find the Zagreb City Museum, within which you will find an A to Z of Zagreb from prehistoric times to today. Even recently some discoveries were uncovered beneath the museum’s building itself, and you can see some of the excavations from the safety of a walkway. The permanent exhibition shows the city in all its aspects. Don't miss
Girl with a Bird, a gouache painting created by Marc Chagall, one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, who used a combination of art forms, such as cubism, symbolism, and fauvism when painting his portraits. And, speaking of art, no trip to this part of town is complete without visiting the Meštrović Atelier, where Ivan Meštrović - Croatia's most famous sculptor and artist - once lived with his family from the 1920s until 1942 when he left Croatia. It is here where he sculpted many of his works and it is here that you can see a great many of them today. From there, in the south eastern corner of Gornji Grad (it’s shaped like a triangle), right next to the Klovićevi dvori Gallery, is the Church of St. Catherine. This is the most beautiful Baroque church in Zagreb, and was built by the Jesuits in the period between 1620 and 1632. It is a single-nave church with six side chapels and a shrine. The chapels hold five wooden Baroque altars and one marble altar from 1729. The church was entirely rebuilt in all its glory following the 1880 earthquake, and designed by the main Zagreb architect of the time, Hermann Bollé.
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