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Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation

Another wacky and wonderful creation by Nikola Bašić (the local architect who designed the nearby Sea Organ), this 22m-wide circle set into the pavement is filled with 300 multilayered glass plates that collect...

Top ChoiceMonument in Zadar

Sea Organ

Sea Organ

Zadar’s incredible Sea Organ, designed by local architect Nikola Bašić, is unique. Set within the perforated stone stairs that descend into the sea is a system of pipes and whistles that exudes wistful sighs when...

Ruins in Zadar

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

One of the most intriguing things about Zadar is the way Roman ruins seem to sprout randomly from the city's streets. Nowhere is this more evident than at the site of the ancient Forum, constructed between the...

Church in Zadar

St Donatus' Church

St Donatus' Church

Dating from the beginning of the 9th century, this unusual circular Byzantine-style church was named after the bishop who commissioned it. As one of only a handful of buildings from the early Croatian kingdom to...

Church in Zadar

St Simeon’s Church

St Simeon’s Church

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...

Museum in Zadar

Museum of Ancient Glass

It's baffling that a medium as delicate as glass could survive the earthquakes and wars that have plagued this region over the millennia, but this impressive museum has thousands of objects on display: goblets,...

Cathedral in Zadar

St Anastasia's Cathedral

St Anastasia's Cathedral

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Zadar's cathedral has a richly decorated facade and an impressive three-nave interior with the remains of frescoes in the side apses. The cathedral was badly bombed during...

Square in Zadar

Narodni trg

Narodni trg

Traditionally the centre of public life, this pretty little square is constantly abuzz with chatter from its many cafe-bars. The western side is dominated by the late-Renaissance City Guard building, dating from...

Museum in Zadar

Archaeological Museum

A wealth of prehistoric, ancient and medieval relics, mainly from Zadar and its surrounds, awaits at this fascinating museum. Highlights include a 2.5m-high marble statue of Augustus from the 1st century AD, and...

Tower in Zadar

Bell Tower

Climb up the tower belonging to St Anastasia's Cathedral for worth-the-effort views across the city and out to sea.

Monastery in Zadar

Franciscan Monastery

Entry to this historic monastery includes access to a lovely Renaissance cloister, the Gothic church (the oldest of its kind in Dalmatia, consecrated in 1280), the sacristy (where the 1358 treaty under which...

Gate in Zadar

Land Gate

The most elaborate of the city gates also has the prettiest setting, facing a sheltered little marina. Dating from 1543, it has Renaissance-style decorations including St Chrysogonus (Zadar's patron saint) on...

Square in Zadar

Trg Pet Bunara

Built in 1574 on the site of a former moat, this square takes its name from the five wells that supplied Zadar with water until 1838. Set into the neighbouring bastion is Queen Jelena Madijevka Park, a lovely...

Gate in Zadar

Sea Gate

Also known as St Chrysogonus' Gate (Vrata Sv Krševana), this port-facing archway was built in 1573 and sports the Venetian lion and part of a Roman triumphal arch. The inscription is a memorial to the 1571 Battle...

Museum in Zadar

Museum of Illusions

This fun museum is devoted to optical and other illusions. There's a vortex tunnel, holograms, a mirror room, an infinity room and loads of interactive exhibits that will have you scratching your head trying to...

Museum in Zadar

Museum of Religious Art

This impressive museum in a Benedictine convent boasts a fine collection of reliquaries, sculpture, embroidery and paintings. Of particular note are works by Venetian masters Paolo Veneziano and Vittore Carpaccio.

Gate in Zadar

New Gate

This modest archway is the city's most important gate as it is the main tourist entrance from the handy footbridge across the harbour.

Gate in Zadar

St Rok's Gate

This humble gate is handy for reaching the ferries and excursion boats that line the harbour here.