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  • 1 Church of St Donat Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Forum HR - 23000 Zadar

    This church is one of Croatia's most famous monuments, and the symbol of Zadar (9C). The building's height and compactness are striking. Fragments of columns, pediments and Roman cornices from the Forum are visible at the base. The circular interior ..

  • 2 Sacred Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Trg Opatice Čike HR - 23000 Zadar

    One of the best museums in Croatia. The Gothic and Romanesque collections on the first floor include the 11C cylindrical reliquary of St James, the 12C arm reliquary of St Isidore, the little Cika Cross (Palestine, 7C-8C) as well as the 13C icons of ..

  • 3 Port Gate or St Chrysogonus Gate Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Poljana Pape Aleksandra III HR - 23000 Zadar

    This 1573 church is part of the 16C ramparts. On the side facing the town, it has incorporated the remnants of a Roman triumphal arch, topped by a Renaissance pediment and an equestrian statue of St Chrysogonus. On the side facing the port, it is dec..

  • 4 Church of St Chrysogonus Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Brne Krnarutica HR - 23000 Zadar

    Consecrated in 1175, this church is a superb example of Italian Romanesque art, particularly the apse and lateral façade. The rows of blind arches and the series of fine columns suggest the influence of Lombardian and Tuscan artists. The interior has..

  • 5 Cathedral of St Anastasia Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    HR - 23000 Zadar

    The current edifice was erected in the 12C on the site of a triple-nave early Christian basilica. Its fascinating façade is by far the most intriguing aspect of the structure. Built in the 13C, it is reminiscent of that of the church of St Chrysogone..

  • 6 Forum Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Forum HR - 23000 Zadar

    Built from the 1C BC to the 3C AD, this is the largest forum in Croatia (95m by 45m). Although partially overrun by later buildings, it has retained its pavement and numerous vestiges. The capitol used to stand towards the west, where there was also ..

  • 7 Morske Orgulje Interesting

    Museums and art

    Obala Petra Kresimira 4 HR - 23000 Zadar

    The sea organ lies at the northern end of the Riva, beneath a set of large steps and creates a strange music. Beneath your feet, 35 pipes are arranged at the surface of the water and react to the movement of the sea, creating different sounds dependi..

  • 8 Square of Five Wells Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    HR - 23000 Zadar

    Five perfectly aligned wells adorn the centre of this square, explaining its name. Up until the late 19C they provided water from a tank built in the 16C in the former moat. Nearby is the pentagonal Captain's tower, built into the remains of the 13C ..

  • 9 Church of St Simeon Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Elizabete Kotromanic HR - 23000 Zadar

    The Baroque façade (17C) of this edifice stands on the site of an early Christian 5C basilica. It was devoted to St Simeon in 1570 when the latter's reliquary was transferred here. It is an amazing sarcophagus, commissioned in 1377 by Elisabeth of Bo..

  • 10 Square of the People Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Narodni Trg HR - 23000 Zadar

    This is the only main square of Zadar to have kept its heritage intact. The Municipal Guard building on the west side dates from 1562 and the loggia, opposite, was formerly a courthouse. A neo-Renaissance edifice, the town hall, takes up the north si..

  • 11 Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hrvoja Hrvatinica HR - 23000 Zadar

    The market of Zadar is renowned for the quality of its produce, as the town is surrounded by a fertile plain. Country produce, home-pressed olive oil, hand-strung figs, cured hams, and above all, cheeses from the region, beginning with that from the ..

  • 12 Roman forum Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Šimuna-Kožicica-Benje HR - 23000 Zadar

    This site is accessed via Simuna-Kožicica-Benje Street, formerly one of the main thoroughfares of the Roman city. The forum, begun in the 1C BC and finished in the 3C AD is 95m long and 45m wide (the largest in Croatia). It is partially obscured by l..

  • 13 Franciscan monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Brace Bilisic HR - 23000 Zadar

    This Franciscan monastery is home to the oldest Gothic church of Dalmatia, and behind its austere outer walls are Baroque altars and handsome Gothic stalls in the chancel (1394). The church's main claim to fame, however, are its collections of religi..

  • 14 Riva Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    HR - 23000 Zadar

    Here, as in every other seaside town in Croatia, the inhabitants refer to the sea front as the Riva. In Zadar, this is partially lined with extremely ugly modern constructions, built after the Second World War. However, level with Hotel Zagreb is the..

  • 15 Eastern fortifications Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    HR - 23000 Zadar

    The intact 16C Venetian ramparts can still be seen at the tip of the Riva. The circular bastion, adorned with a winged lion, divides the Riva from the port of Foša, in front of the Terra Firma gate. Note the additional gate system, which formerly ser..

  • 16 Archaeological museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    HR - 23000 Zadar

    Before being Roman, Zadar was a Liburnian city (Illyrian tribe from northern Dalmatia). Countless traces of these two civilisations were discovered during excavations in and around Zadar. They are displayed in this museum, together with early Christi..

  • 17 Gate of Terra Firma Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    HR - 23000 Zadar

    This gate designed by the Venetian Michele Sanmicheli (1543) has four columns and three openings; the one in the middle is wide enough for carts while the smaller two are for pedestrians. The central arch bears a statue of St Chrysogone, the town's p..

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