A probable photo you will find with Google on Zagreb will be of St. Marko's church and its roof - painted roof tiles represent two coats of arms. White castle on red background represents the coat of arms of Zagreb and the other one represents Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
The square in front of the south side entrance used to be an open and flee (literally too ;-)) market in 13th century. At that time it was also a place where they had a "pole of shame" where all people indicted by the court were punished. In 1573. Matija Gubec was executed (crowned by an incandescent crown). He was a leader of a short-lived peasant uprising in Croatia against Franjo Tahy (a feudal tyrant). Although the uprising was suppressed within two weeks, this revolt and its personification in Gubec have endured as potent national symbols in Croatia.
Nowadays, the square and the church are surrounded by highest government institutions - the Parliament, the Government palace and the Supreme court.
The church has been renovated for the past 25 years and officially opened in March this year... this explains why I have never been inside yet...
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