I wandered into this place, expecting to find a small room with a few exhibits and a quick wander round - How wrong was I? I paid my entrance fee, think it was 20 K, but will check this out later - at the entrance desk there were a few guide books/ post cards etc for sale. to be continued.... More info and photos to follow.more
This impressive 4 metre high statue was erected near to Donji most - the lower Bridge, in 2007, it commemorates one of the most important events in Croatian History that happened in this small town of Nin in 879.Duke Branimir led a successful military take over from Zdeslav, who was siding with the Byzantine Empire both politically and...more
A ten minute or so flat walk from the town leads to the historical and scenic Queens Beach.Our visit was towards the end of September, so many of the facilities such as mini markets and bars were closed.A sandy beach with stunning views over to the Velebit mountains.There are small shrubs here that offer some shade. The water was clean and...more
The town of Nin have been settled 10000 years ago, while the present day town on the islet developed 3000 years ago. It used to be one of the biggest commercial port on the eastern side of the Adriatic, during rules of the Liburnians. At that times the town had 40.000 inhabitants. When Romans conquested Nin they demolished the whole town to the...more
Next to the Upper Gate (Gornja Vrata grada) we found small stone made church dedicated to St. Ambroz, one of the saint patrons of Nin. This one nave church is 13th century construction built in Romanesque-Ghotic style. The church of St. Ambroz belonged at first to the Benedictine Order and was second ever Benedictine abecy in Croatia.By the time of...more
Knez is Croatian name for the prince, Branimir was ruler of Dalmatian Croatia from 879 up to 892 when he died. He was brought to the throne of Croatia by the Anti-Byzantine coalition under the Roman Pope. Branimir was recognized by Pope John VIII as the Duke of the Croats - Dux Chroatorum. During his reign Croatia retained its sovereignity from...more
In the 9th century the royal town of Nin became the seat of the first Croatian bishop, and according to legend it was Saint Anselmo. This parisch church, a former cathedral, has very long construction and renovations history spanning the 6th to the 18th centuries. The side chapel is the only remaining part of the original church.The treasury,...more
Such a small churches in such a small towns as Nin is usually are very modest in its interiors. The church of St. Anselmo, however, preserves some very valuable artefacts from the passed times which tell us that it used to have more important role then it has today. The town of Nin excisting almost 2000 years and in it was one of the first bishopry...more
The town of Nin was one of the main settlements of the Liburnians until the arrival of the Roman conquerors, and since then the proud Municipium named Aenona. Aenona was rich town and one of the most important Roman towns in the eastern Adriatic. The Temple, remains of which you can see on the pictures, was the biggest Roman Temple in this part of...more
The City Museum is absolutely a must see, it is rich of archaeological findings throughout the history of the place and its surroundings. The set of findings leading visitors from the pre-historic times to Liburnian era, than Roman domination and finaly up to 6th century when Croats came in this part of Balkans. Roman town of Aenona become Nin, the...more
In the Middle Ages, the town of Nin was well fortified. Its location, situated on a small island, made it to be the stronghold for the croatian Kings who choose it for their seat with a good reason. In its long history it was the place where noble Croats lived, but not only, in the Roman times Nin was endeared place for the aristocracy.more
If The Upper Gate exist there must be The Lower Gate too. Not so big, not that good preserved but there it is, on the opposite side of the town. The Lower Gate was erected at the same time as its sister (or brother) aswell as the city walls which only partly survived.more
Donja vrata, The Lower Gate, is the main entrance into the old core of Nin. The gate was erected in the 15th century but its present look dates back to the 18th century. There were two defending towers, on each side of the gate, but none of it survived. Most probably the stone, from which the towers were built, finished as the construction material...more
The church of St. Cross (sv. Križ), from the 9th century, is coloquially called the smallest cathedral in the world. This church of unique style is among the most important of old Croatian church architecture. It belongs to the representative monuments of the early Middleages architecture because of its original form. The church is of central plan...more
This is a beautiful Queen's beach in Nin. I love sand beaches so I liked it there. Good music is playing all the time so I enjoyed to take a sun-bath.Although you have to go about 150-200m far to get to the deeper water.Oh yes, there is also a "healing mud" as I was told when I asked people why are they all muddy on their knees, elbows and fists. I...more
Konoba Kalalarga is located on the main city square called Trg Kraljevac. The interior is decorated in a traditional Dalmatian style, stoned walls and wooden furniture. The whole interior is decorated with toolls which used to served for agriculture or in the kitchen.
Favorite Dish: I suggest you cheese from island of Pag and Dalmatian prosciutto for the first dish. As for second dish, do not missed traditional "pašticada" with gnocchi (njoki in croatian). Don't ask me for translation because am not able to do it, but trust to my suggestion bacause pašticada is delicious. Red wine goes along with this dish.
All included will cost you bellow 100 kunas.
Some road distances to Nin from:
- Zadar: 13 kms.
- Ljubljana (Slovenia): 435 kms.
- Paris (France): 1.640 kms.
- Vilna (Lithuania): 1.792 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 2.362 kms.
The website doesn't consider Nin, so, check the distances from/to Zadar.
There is small but very cute souvenier shop on the main square, can't be missed. In front of it stands fisherman boat and of top of it there is a small organ which equally attract both childern and their parents. If pressing one of the keys lovely melody starts playing.
The shop offers nice souveniers made by the local craftsmen and very attractive postcards of the nearby salt-pan and Sabunike beach taken frim the air.
In smaller cities such as Nin is, but also on the outskirts of larger cities, a lot of people use the garden around the house like infield. In this small areas people is cultivating vegetables and fruits for personal use only. Vegetables and fruits are planted and grown in the old traditional way and therefore has a special flavor. Each garden has...more
This beautiful complex of stone-houses is situated right opposite to the church of Saint Cross. The complex represent very characteristic Dalmatian style of building stone houses, rough stone blocks, not many windows on the walls and rooft made of red coloured tile. One part of this complex occupied by the restaurant which offers traditional...more
Luggage and bags:
A day sac/ beach bag with room for camera/ guide book/ swimming gear etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nin is mainly flat, but with a few uneven surfaces, and the beach is about 15 minutes walk from the town.
The beach is sandy, with a few rocks/ pebbles. I wore flat sandals, then (VT) flip flops on the beach.
Our visit at the end of September (2013) it was warm enough in the day time to wear T-Shirts etc and warm enough for us from the UK to wear swim wear at the beach.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I didn't spot any pharmacies in Nin, but the mini markets might stock basics. Bring any prescription medicine etc with you. There are pharmacies in Zadar, 30 minutes away by bus.
Bring sun screen etc! You may need mossie repellent for evening time.
Photo Equipment: Nin is very photogenic - bring the equipment that you need - I didn't spot any photographic shops here - the mini markets might stock batteries, but I'm not sure. Again, Zadar has a few photographic shops.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is a camp site at Nin, near Queens Beach, though I'm not sure what facilities they offer.
You can pick up sandals/ flip flops and hats at the mini markets - Zadar has shops that sell beach wear etc.
Sabunike is small tourist locality situated in between the city of Nin and the island of Vir. Its name is obviously derivated from Latin, sabbia which means sand. There is long sandy beach in shallow coves which makes it ideal place for a family vacations. Nearby the beach there is famous Nin medical mud, used since the time of the Roman Empire,...more
According to the existing legend, seven Croatian kings were crowned in the town of Nin. After the coronation ceremony each king would go on horseback to the small church of St. Nicholaus and present himself to the people vowing to defend the homeland of Croatia.The church is located on a small hill, in the field called Prahulje, just a few...more
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Right next to the bridge and the Upper Gate there is a small boat floating in the sae water. It is remake of ancient type of boat which is known under the name of Condura Croatica. The two of such a boats, from the 11th century, and still very well preserved can be seen it the city museum.Condura Croatica used to be warship, characteristic for its...more
Archbishop Grgur Ninski was chancellor of croatian royal court. In the 10th century he was the one who pleaded old Slavic to became liturgical language in the churches, as well as glagolitsa (old croatian alphabet) in scripts. The monumental sculpture, work and donation of world famous croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrovic, stands on Višeslav Square,...more