If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to visit Zadar, as now there’s another important reason to do so. Zadar, a town of monuments which has an exceptionally rich history and valuable cultural heritage, and whose historic centre is located on a peninsula surrounded by ancient walls, in July 2017 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List!
UNESCO status has been given to the town thanks to its three-kilometre-long defensive walls that the Venetian Republic built in the 16th century for protection against the Turks as part of the defensive system on the Zadar peninsula. This is the most recent confirmation of the town’s universal importance as a treasury of archaeological sites and historical monuments from the ancient world, Roman period, Middle Ages, and Renaissance.
The Roman Forum, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia and its bell tower, the Church of St. Mary with its bell tower and monastery, as well as the town’s other sacral buildings, palaces, squares, museums and exhibition sites, and its famous Kalelarga main street, are just some of the sites of this bustling town with a lively atmosphere and millennia-long history. Since 1972, the complex of the Church and Monastery of St. Mary has been home to the impressive Permanent Exhibition of Ecclesiastical Art, one of the most important of its kind in Croatia, and popularly known as ‘The Gold and Silver of Zadar’. The Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar is a significant cultural institution not only in the Croatian context but also worldwide.
Zadar is particularly proud of its modern architectural achievements, the world-famous Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun located on Zadar waterfront, which continue to attract numerous visitors, especially at sunset, which is so spectacular here that it even enchanted the great Alfred Hitchcock.
We cordially invite you to visit Zadar, a town that will surely enchant you too!
Photo by Tim Ertl