Nin – a glory center of roman buildings and royal ceremonies in earlier times, now a reflection of its old history. Can the city assert itself as a holiday destination despite its constant destructions during its warlike time?
The city nin
I am reaching Nin by driving over one of its two bridges which leads me on a island to its old city center. From distance I can already see its old walls which are surrounding the city. I am parking next to the city gate. My day trip to Nin can start now…
I am realizing very quick: I won´t get lost here! The small city has a modest scale in size. Passing by cafés, restaurants and ice-cream parlors, the main street guides me to the center. After a few meters I already reached the chruch which is situated in the middle of the island.
Next to it I can find one of the city´s most popular sightseeing monument – the statue of Saint Grgur of Nin (bishop). He was an important person in the church politics of dalmatia. According to tradition you have to put your hand on his foot and make a wish.
While walking around the city I am repeatedly discovering roman ruins giving an insight into the city´s past. Since it isn´t forbidden to touch or walk on them it feels a bit like being on a playgroud for grown ups.
the smallest cathedrale of the world
Shortly after I am in front of the smallest cathedrale of the world (size: 7,80m long, 7,60m wide, 8,20m high). It is called Saint Cross and were built in 800 (period of early christendom). It is not just a symbol of Nin but also one of the most important monument of the ancient croatian sacral architecture.
Because of the position of the window and the angle of the incidence of light the cathedrale is furthermore a calender. With the aid of the incidence of light you can figure out the exact time of the next solstice and equinox. Every year the city is organising an event called sun and light festival.
The local buildings fit perfectly fine into its surrounding.
I am deciding to go round the island – it is not a long way. It is a beautiful path passing by little fisher boats.
Arriving at the second bridge I finished my way. In summer you can go from here with the italian boats around the island.
I am at the end of my sightseeing tour through Nin. It is a beautiful place to visit and worth coming here! I would recommend it to people who are on vacation to relax. For those who are looking for some party in between their holiday they should better just come here for a day trip. Besides its old center Nin is especiall famous for its sandy beaches: The Queen´s Beach.
The church of saint nicholas
If your way leads you towards Zadar / Split, you should stop at the small church of Saint Nicholas. It is a little church from 11th century which is situated next to the street a bit outside the city (about 5 minutes).