St Simeon’s Church

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St Simeon’s Church information

Zadar , Croatia
Poljana Šime Budinića bb
Opening hours
8.30am-noon & 5-7pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am-noon Sat May-Oct
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While this 17th-century baroque church is pretty enough, it's what lies inside that makes it truly noteworthy. Taking pride of place above the main altar, the sarcophagus of St Simeon is a masterpiece of medieval goldsmithery. Commissioned in 1377, the coffin is made of cedar and covered inside and out with finely executed gold-plated silver reliefs.

The middle relief showing the Presentation of Jesus to Simeon at the Temple is a copy of Giotto’s fresco from Cappella dell’Arena in Padua, Italy. Other reliefs depict scenes from the lives of the saints and King Ludovic’s visit to Zadar. The lid shows a reclining St Simeon.