Take the ferry to Ugljan & enjoy the uncrowded beaches in Preko. When you get off the ferry, walk to your right all the way to the statue of the woman washing clothes, the water there is clean & refreshing. There is a little island you can swim out to but don't forget your water shoes as the ground is too harsh for bare feet. I miss the beaches!
Church of St. Zoilus
Church of St. Zoilus is situated just a foot from the church of Sv. Stofije, facing the Roman Forum. I don't know much about it, in fact I know nothing to say. In case somebody can help me about I'll appriciate it very much. During my last visit to Zadar, in August 2004, I have found out the church belongs to the Orthodox community of the town. Since it is under major reconstruction works now, it cannot be visited.
The Greeting to the Sun
Note: It's a long explanation and I have decide¡d to take it from the web.
After the world-known Sea Organs, Zadar has become wealthier with one more urban installation. On Istarska obala, at the very end of the Zadar peninsula, next to the famous Sea Organs, shines the Greeting to the Sun made by the same architect Nikola Bašić.
The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle. Under the glass conduction plates there are photo-voltage solar modules through which symbolic communication with nature is made, with the aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound.
Simultaneously with the "most beautiful sunset in the world" the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on, and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvelous, exceptionally impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea Organs.
The photo-voltage solar modules absorb the sun energy and then transform it into electrical energy by releasing it into the distributive voltage power network. It is expected for the entire system to produce around 46.500 kWh yearly, being, actually, a small power plant from which energy will be used not only for the Greeting to the Sun installation, but also for the lighting of the entire waterfront. This energy will be three times cheaper than the actual one, and the project itself is a unique example of connecting the use of renewed energy sources, energy efficiency and city space arrangement.
In cooperation with prof. Maksim Klarin from Zadar Maritime School, the names of the saints after which present and previous churches on the peninsula have been named are carved in the ring surrounding the Greeting to the Sun. They are sanctae Anastasiae, sancti Donati, Simeonis Ivsti, Chrysogoni and Zoili, and also Hieronymi, Lucae, Platonis, Eliae... Next to their names and the date of their feast day are the declination and the altitude of the sun, the length of the sunlight on that day and in that place on the waterfront. Thus the connection is emphasized between Zadar and the Saint Grisogonus Calender, who contributed greatly in marking time and astronomic navigation at its very beginnings.
The Greeting to the Sun installation, as a model of the solar system with its appertaining planets, is connected to the Sea Organs whose sound is transposed into a show of light that starts performing on the Zadar waterfront after sunset. In creating the lighting effects, the installation will be able to receive other outer, spontaneous impulses through modem connection, while the lighting pictures will adapt to different occasions.
The attractiveness of the Sea Organs, for which the esteemed Zadar architect Nikola Bašić has received numerous international and national awards, has charmed not only Zadar and Croatia, but also the entire world, and there is no doubt that Zadar has acquired a new and excellent attraction with its Greeting to the Sun.
Where?: At the end of the Zadar peninsula, on the west, next to the sea organ and facing the sunset.
The huge Forum from the Roman period, nowadys the biggest open space of the town, was built in the 1st century at the time of Emperor Augustus. It is the largest explored forum on the eastern side of the Adriatic.
Unfortunately, like the other parts of the town, this square was completely destroyed during the bombing in WW II.
Stup srama - stari Rimljani su, po mojem misljenju, imali jedan vrlo zgodan obicaj. Naime, na ovoj plocu bi javno izlozili lopove, prevarante, bracne nevjernike i slicne prijestupnike, tako da ih vide svi gradjani i na njima iskaljuju svoj bijes zbog nedjela koje su ovi pocinili.
Svjetina je imala pravo šibati ih, kamenovati, pljuvati i na slicne nacine kažnjavati.
To je to sto nam danas nedostaje!
In certain aspects ancients Romans were wiser than we are today. They built so-called Pillars of Shame and placed them right on the main city squares. It was the place where thieves, frauders, adulterers or other kind of offenders were exposed in public so that everybody could seen them and know what they did. The populace could punishing them by flogging, spitting or even stoning. Nice habbit which we miss so much nowadays.