Zadar Tourist Attractions
The major city of northern Dalmatia, Zadar is not promoted as much as other cities, but offers a wealth of attractions and has a very pleasant atmosphere. Marble pedestrian only streets make it easy to explore the historic city center. Zadar is known for its fine medieval churches and Roman ruins. In particular, the church of St Donat , built on the site of the former ancient Roman forum, is not to be missed. The promenade, which runs down Obala Kralja Petra Kresimira IV, is a perfect place to walk and soak up the surroundings. For sun seekers, Zadar also has some nice nearby beaches.
Paklenica National Park
Address: Dr. F. Tudmana 14a, Starigrad-Paklenica, Dalmatia 23244, Croatia
Church of St Donat
Address: Simuna Kozicica Benje, Croatia
Cathedral of Anastasia
Address: Trg Svete Stos, Croatia
The Zadar Archeological Museum (Arheoloski Muzej) is divided into three sections. The ground floor is devoted to finds from the 7th to 12th Centuries, with a notable glass collection. The first floor features displays related to Northern Dalmatia during the Roman period. Interesting in this section is the model of Zadar depicting this time frame. The second floor houses collections related to the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Copper, Bronze, and Iron Age, including weapons, jewelry, pottery, and other artifacts. The Zadar Archeological Museum is a good place to start for those looking for information or an overview on the history of this area of Dalmatia.
Address: Trg opatice Cike 1, Croatia
Church of St Chrysogonus (Grisogonus)
Built by the Benedictines, the Romanesque Church and Monastery of St Chrysogonus were constructed on the site of a Roman Market in the late 12th Century. A church stood here prior to this time but was rebuilt during this time period. Unfortunately the monastery was destroyed during WWII but the church survived.The three aisled church of St Chrysogonus has a Baroque main altar, dating to the early 1700s. The apse contains 13th Century frescoes which are quite well preserved. Note the Romaneque crucifix. The exterior of the apse at the back of the church is beautiful, with a row of arches lining the top portion.
Walls and Gate
Church and Monastery of St Mary and the Museum of Sacred Art
Address: Zeleni trg, Croatia
Church of St Simeon
The 17th Century Church of St Simeon in Zadar holds the remains of St Simeon, one of Zadar's four patron saints. They are kept in a sarcophagus designed by Francesco da Milano in the late 14th Century. On the cedar coffin are gold plated reliefs depicting the life of St Simeon and a copy of Capella dell'Arena from Padua, Italy. The casket is said to weigh 250kg. Also in the church is a decorated altar containing the "Virgin and Saints". The fine craftsmanship in these works is worth a visit to the Church of St Simeon.
Address: Trg Sime Budinica, Croatia
The People's Square (Narodni Trg) has been the center of public life in Zadar since the 16th Century. The City Guardhouse (Gradska Straza), built in the mid 1500s, is hard to miss on the west side of the square due to the large 18th century clock tower. It now houses a small ethnographic museum. Across from the tower stands the Renaissance City Loggia (Gradska Loza), built in 1565. It was traditionally used as a place to make public announcements but today it functions as a gallery for exhibitions. Also on Narodni Trg is the City Hall, from the 1930s.
Zadar's famous Sea Gate (Morska Vrata), also known as the Gate of St Chrysogonus (Vrata Sv Krsevana), was designed by Michele Sanmichele in 1560. Sanmichele used an existing Roman arch as his base, which he recreated into the gate that stands today. On the sea side of the gate is a relief of the emblem of Venice, the Lion of St Mark's, and a memorial to sailors who fought and perished in the Battle of Lepanto. On the opposite side, the land side, is a commemorative plaque paying tribute to Pope Alexander III's visit to Zadar.
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