Finally, Ancient Zadar, One of the Oldest City in Croatia

Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, 

more beautiful than the one in Key West, in Florida, 

applauded at every evening.” 

 

– Alfred Hitchcock

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Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia~

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Zadar Cathedral – Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral Katedrala sv. Stošije, the largest church in Dalmatia.

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Originally built in the 4th~5th centuries as a Christian basilica, reconstructed in Romanesque style in 12th~13th centuries.

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St. Elias Orthodox Church Crkva sv. IIije.

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The Church of St. Donatus Crkva sv. Donata, built in the 9th century in Byzantine style. Looks very ancient and medieval.

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The symbol of Zadar and the largest Pre-romanesque building in Croatia, now used as the concert venue for the annual International Festival of Medieval Renaissance Music with excellent acoustics.

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The old Roman Forum right in front in the Zeleni trg Square, constructed between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD, founded by Roman Emperor Augustus.

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And across the forum, St. Mary’s Church and Convent Crkva sv. Marije, constructed in 1091 in the early Romanesque style, belongs to Benedictine Convent founded by a noble woman Cika from Zadar.

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City Sentinel Gradska straža, designed by a Venetian architect in the late Renaissance style in the People’s Square.

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City Lodge Gradska loža, once the city’s courthouse built by the same architect as the City Sentinel, now serves as an exhibition space.

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St. Simeon’s Church Crkva sv. Šimuna, originally built in the 5th century as an old Christian three-nave basilica, then a Gothic and later provincial Baroque.

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Interesting motifs of babies are here and there.

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The Captain’s Tower Kapetanova kula, built by the Venetians to strengthen the city against Turkish attacks.

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Now serves as exhibition space.

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Five Wells Square Trg 5 bunara right in front, with a large drinking water cistern with five ornamental wellheads to withstand Turkish sieges.

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Five wellheads are still there.

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The Land Gate Kopnena vrata, the main entrance to the city with ever cool Venetian Lion.

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Kool looking old well on the courtyard inside a building around.

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Long live mighty Zadar~

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