The history of the cathedral in Zagreb is quite a turbulent one. It was erected in the transitory Romanesque-Gothic style in 1217, only to be razed almost to its foundations thirty years later by the Tartars.
After its reconstruction, completed in 1287 in the Gothic style, the cathedral suffers the ravages of time and is again renovated in the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 16th century it is fortified with walls and towers, and a century later it gets a massive Renaissance tower.
It is again destroyed during this period, with the greatest blow coming in the shape of the earthquake of 1880 after which its complete reconstruction is undertaken, this time in the neo-Gothic style.
At the start of the 20th century Zagreb’s metropolitan church finally gets its current appearance with two slender towers, a high roof, new columns in the tabernacle and a new altar, and it is these days getting a new modern lighting design, “signed” by world famous lighting expert Youri Agabekov who lit the Vatican and the Louvre in Paris.