Top attractions in Zadar

Zadar: a thriving tourist destination, an ancient town with 3,000 years of history, a precious gem of the Dalmatian Coastline.

 

The magnificent sights, stunning crystal clear water of Adriatic sea, rich cultural heritage and hospitable people are the treasures making Zadar one of the most attractive destinations! How does all of that sound?

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The following is a list of the absolute best attractions Zadar has to offer for first time visitors out of an astonishing number of places to see and things to do.

THE SEA ORGAN 

Probably one of the most perfect public sculptures in the world.

These organs, Zadar’s latest landmark built in 2005 by architect Nikola Basic, are the only organs in the world played by nature itself.

You absolutely have to check the only organs in the world played by nature itself. Where else would you find a working organ, operated entirely by water and built into the steps leading to the sea? Each sound you hear is completely unique. 

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It’s perfect spot for watching the sunset over the sea while listening to the musical compositions played by the sea itself. 
Behind his longer-established Sea Organ installation, Nikola Bašić has devised another creation powered by nature: Greeting to the Sun.

 

THE GREETING TO THE SUN 

The sea organ and The Greeting to the sun have one thing in common: nature. Made by the same architect Nikola Bašić, the Greeting to the Sun is the monument dedicated to the Sun. The coordinates are based upon the 13th-century calendar of St Chrysogonus who also happens to be the patron saint of Zadar.


The lighting elements installed in a circle produce impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs.

The Greeting to the Sun installation is made out of 300 photo-sensitive glass plates.

FORUM

From Roman Forums to Venetian architecture, a history lover would really freak out here. The forum is the name given to all main squares in the cities of the ancient Roman Empire, where the public life of the city unfolded. Wander through the main street of Zadar and you won’t be able to miss the Forum…Welcome to the Roman Market and one can clearly see the foundations of stone where the shops were laid out. The forum was the centre of social and public life in every Roman city. Located in front of the church of Saint Donat and the Archbishop´s Palace, the forum in Zadar was built between the 1st centurt BC and ended at the beginning of the 3rd century AD.

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A really beautiful place where you can soak yourself in culture and history going back thousands of years. While there are many cafes around you can still just sit and chill there. It also has the excellent Archaeological museum opposite which is also worth a visit and has many artefacts from the Forum on display. Also, if you want to drink good coffee and have a good view, this is surely one of best places for that! Great spot for people watching.

 

ST. DONATUS CHURCH 

The church is part of a complex comprising also the Forum and the Cathedral of St Anastasia. 

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It’s not surprising that the pre-Romanesque St Donatus’ is taken as the very symbol of Zadar and an image of the unique spirit of Dalmatia. 
It was founded in the 9th century, when it was called the Church of the Holy Trinity, and given its present name six hundred years later in memory of a St Donatus, the famous bishop of Zadar.

ST. ANASTASIA’s CATHEDRAL 

The biggest cathedral in Dalmatia.The church’s origins date back to a Christian basilica built in the 4th and 5th centuries, while much of the currently standing three-nave building was constructed in the Romanesque style during the 12th and 13th centuries. Its bell-tower was built in the 15th and 19th century mostly in a neo-Romanesque style.

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Don’t skip climbing up the bell tower from where you will have an amazing view on whole city and nearby islands. The largest church in Dalmatia, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Anastasia is on a tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

FIVE WELLS

Must see square in old town of Zadar. It’s what you’d expect – 5 wells lined up in a row! During the 16th century, the Venetian helped the city of Zadar survive Turkish sieges by building a large water system with five ornamental wellheads. They supplied Zadar with water until 1838. You have the opportunity to breath in a piece of Zadar history. They no longer work as wells but serve are historical monuments.

Photo by Goran Jović


It’s a tranquil location for a moment of calm before or after visiting the bustling town centre. 
It’s bordered by the botanical gardens and very close to the City Gate. You can walk up to the botanical garden, which gives you a beautiful view back to the square.

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I
n the early evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade.  
The history here is long and profound. You could spend years exploring Zadar and never get tired of. To truly appreciate all of the history behind this place, it is best to book a tour.

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