Top 10 things you
must see and do in Zadar
Greeting to the Sun
The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates that are powered by the sun and emit light when the sun goes down. It is a way to use the power of the Sun, the same as the Sea Organ uses the sea.
Sea organ is a natural music instrument played by the sea.
It looks like a series of marble steps which underneath hide 35 pipes whose whistles, play 7 chords of 5 tones. It was designed and built in 2005 by stone carvers and architect Nikola Bašić, who received the European Prize for Urban Public Space for it.
This square from the Roman era occupies the city’s center. It was built from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD, but it’s still very much alive and serving its purpose as thousands of people visit it every day.
Five Wells Square
This Square is exactly what you would expect – it has five wells! This place was once a defence moat but was later turned into a large water storing tank to help survive constant attacks from the Turks.
Gold & Silver Museum
The Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art was initiated by one of Croatia’s most esteemed writers, Miroslav Krleža. Besides holding the gold and silver, this exhibit displays manuscripts, sculptures, embroideries, tapestry and reliefs spanning from the 8th till the 18th century.
The City Walls and Gates of Zadar
Zadar’s impressive city walls once protected this city-fortress against the Turks, and Sea Gate (an entrance to the city) was built to commemorate a victory against these invaders. There are 6 remaining gates to Zadar old town, with the most majestic one being the main entrance, the renaissance Land Gate.
There’s no better way to get to know a place than to visit its market, feel the bustle of the city and taste as-fresh-as-it-gets produce.
Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral
Cathedral of St. Anastasia is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the biggest church in Croatia. The church was probably built in the 4th century and was remade in the 11th century. It is a part of UNESCO’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.
This baroque palace dating back to the 13th century used to serve as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa. Today it holds collections of four departments of the National Museum in Zadar.
St. Donatus Church
This pre-Romanesque church from the 8th century is the largest of its kind in Croatia and one of the most recognizable symbols of Zadar.