A large program is not always a good program. We had in Croatia a large and rich program, but the slightest delay had its consequences. We arrived late to Zadar, and, though having time to see its highlights, everything was too quick and superficial, until the night came to put an end to the visit.
One of the highlights of Central Croatia, Zadar is a must see, halfway from Rijeka and Split.
Standing in an island, if you are not travelling by boat as we did, you may book a ferry in several places, but… don’t miss it.
This old roman square is the largest of Roman forums east of Adriatic.
Built by Augustus emperor in the 3rd century, keeps being the centre of most Zadar attractions, becoming a lively place with the crowds of visitors.
Most monuments and commerce are established around them.
St Mary’s church
Still facing the Roman Forum, this church from the 11th century, but enlarged in the 16th, has a long and interesting story.
It was used as a discreet but efficient place to hide religious treasurers, during convulsive times.
We had no time to enter it.
St Donatus Church
Built in the 8Th century, St Donato church is one of Zadar’s treasures, being, nowadays used to social and musical activities.
Arriving late, we didn’t enter, so I cannot describe its interior.
We arrived late at Zadar, and even with a very quick visit, most monuments were seen at dusk or even at night. It’s a pity!
For instance, this place, with st Lawrence church, City Hall and the municipal guard headquarters, should have been visited with daylight.
St Crisogono Church
One of the most remarkable examples of the combination of different monuments in one.
The church was built upon the ruins of an older one, and rebuilt after being bombed in World War 2, in combination with a destroyed benedictine convent in its back.
Very complex and interesting!
St Anastasia Church
Located in the Roman Forum, this is the biggest Croatian cathedral, started to built in the 13th century.
The tower, started in the 15th century was only finished by the end of the 19th.