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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 WWII and has since been reconstructed. On the altar in the left apse is a marble sarcophagus containing the relics of St Anastasia, while the choir contains lavishly carved stalls. A glass vestibule allows you to peer inside when the cathedral's closed, which is often.

Climb the bell tower for old-town views.

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1. Bell Tower

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

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