Well, I don´t exactly know where to start: with the really manifold history of the city? With Alfred Hitchcock´s statement that Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world? Or with the city´s unique sea organ? You can explore a lot in Zadar…
What can you explore?
I want to emulate the sightseeing tours which are all starting at the Five Wells Square. It is situated in between the city park and a huge fortress wall which is towers up to the sky. Before going through the city you should go up the stairs to the city park and turn on the right side. Looking down the wall you can see the continental gate.
historic remnants everywhere!
Those who are visiting the city the first time will be overwhelmed by all the historic remnants which you can see everywhere. If is almost like going through a history book and exploring each page by foot. I am living already since one month in Zadar but still discovering new things! Ancient family coat of arms are towering up on the high entrance doors, elegant decorated windows are surmising the royal status of its habitants and holy figures and patrons are showing the country´s religious commitments.
I am following the main street passing by small restaurants, ice-cream parlours and travel agencies toward the People´s Square.
Continueing my way I am reaching the center of the old city: the forum. It is a place with ancient roman ruins and pillars. Furthermore you can find the monumenal church of Saint Donat from the 8th century. If you take your time you will see that it is built on old spolia. I highly recommend to walk up on the church spire (20 kuna). You will have an amazing view over the city.
The whole square is covered with old slabs which are partly from roman time and partly renewed. On theleft side /when watching towards the sea) you can find the Church of Saint Maria from 1066.
walking on raman paths
I am walking towards the pillar away from the main square. If you take a closer look you will see chains hanging on it. They were used to chain criminals on it in order to subject them to public disgrace. It´s hard to image how that must have been especially in summer time…
Behind you can see three faces engraved into little colums: earlier time there was a sacrificial altar in front of it. People came here to sacrify animals to get their wished fulfilled.
I´m following the path on the right side which leads me to the cathedrale of Saint Anastasia (roman-catholic). It is the biggest in dalmatia.
where the monks are walking
The day will be finished soon, but before enjoying the sunset I am going to the Franciscan monastery. Here you can find some monks walking around telling their stories to the visitors. Now it´s time to go watch Zadar´s sunset. It was Alfred Hitchcock who said that it is the world´s beautiful in 1964!
Zadar´s unique monuments
From the the top of the old city you can not just watch the most beautiful sunset but also listen to the worldwide unique sea organ which was built in 2005 by Nikola Basic. Waves which are chrashing the pipes underwater are creating whistling sounds. An other unique construction can be find right next to the sea organ: the Salute to the Sun. A round surface made of solar cells which are charging themselfes during the day. At night they are shining in bright and different colors. Along the promenade you can see some more circles covering the way: they are representing the other planets from our solar system. To emphasise the sea orgal the bench looks like a piano.
The world´s most beautiful sunset
I am taking a rest enjoying the world´s most beautiful sunset. While the sun in from of me is getting down, the salut to the sun start to shine in different colors the darker it gets.
The lights are almost hypnotic while changing the colors constantly.
Zadar is one of my favorite citys in Croatia since it offers so many historic and cultural sights as well as activities. At my opinion it is even better to come here in the lower season (may is perfect) since it is very crowded during the summer time. If you want to make some tours I can recommend going to the national parks Paklenica, Plitvice lakes or Krka. Furthermore it easy to go the islands Pasman, Ugljan or Dugi Otok. Coming here in summer time you shouldn´t miss Zadar´s Beaches: Diklo, Borik, Zara,Kolovare and the forgotten beach.
How did you like Zadar? Tell me about your experience!