The small church Gospe od Zdravlja is situated about 100 meters from the church of St. Stosija. According to its simple look of the front facade it must have been built in the Romanesque style. However, the bell-tower and the Presbytery have been built in different styles
Fondest memory: Thanks to VT member Svenko, now I know the name of this church.
The Church of sv. Krsevan (St. Grysogonus) belongs to Benedictine monastery. It is a characteristic example of a monumental Romanesque church of very fine proportions and decent and refined Romanesque ornaments. The church was built in the place of a former 10th century church and consecrated in 1175.
Fondest memory: This is the most beautiful church in the town of Zadar, as far as I am concerned.
The church of St. Mary is a part of Benedictine nunnery founded in 1066 by a widowed noblewoman from Zadar, Cika. It was dedicated in 1091. The nunnery archive contains a precious collection of charters related to 9th c. Croatian rules.
Fondest memory: The bell-tower of the church from 1105 is a fine example of Romanesque architecture and was built by the Croat Hungarian King Coleman.
Favorite thing: The old core of the town, where the major historic attractions can be found, is situated on an peninsula. The medieval Zadar was completely forticiated, all around the peninsula, but the southern part of the walls was pulled down during the WW II bombing.
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.
Fondest memory: I miss the beaches!
Favorite thing: Zadar is also renowned for having the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Croatia, such as the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the Church of St. Chrysogonus, and the Bell-tower of St. Mary (all 12th and 13th century).
Besides, Zadar has got some other monuments of the pre-romanesque art, which because of their inspired forms also show the first traces of the spiritual culture in Europe of Middle Ages. The robust forms of small, two-aisled Church of St. Lawrence from the 11th. century, with a series of pseudo-cross-shaped arches and semi-domes, suggestively speak the language of architecture, about the art in a period between Antiquity and Romanesque. The town of Zadar dedicated to this period the golden pages of its historical heritage.
It must have been exciting to walk through the Town on the occasion of celebration of the Pope Alexandar the Third's staying in Zadar. When he was travelling to Venice in 1177, there was a storm on the sea and he took a shelter in the still port of Zadar. Riding the white horse, he came to the cathedral, while people and priests were following him along the streets of Zadar, singing the canticles and lauds, laud songs. These songs could be heard all over in Slavic language, wrote the Cardinal Benzon, a member of the Pope's suite. And really, in Zadar's hinterland already in the 9th century, a Croatian principality was formed. The commune of Zadar held close cultural and economic relations with the Croatian principality. In the early Middle Ages already, the Croats were migrating to the Town and became more and more its population.
The Croatian King Petar Kresimir the Fourth, who reigned in the 11th century, endowed the Benedictine abbeys with land properties and special grants. At the baginning of the 12th century, the commune carne under the rule of Croato-Hungarian kingdom. Zadar became a Croatian town! But already than, a big interest to obtain Zadar and the whole Dalmatia arose in Venice. However, Venice couldn't succeed in occupying Zadar for a long time. Zadar resisted, becoming at the same time a more and more wealthy marketplace, developed commune and fortified town.
It would have been in vain to search for a more beautiful and richer town, one of the best fortified towns in the world, walled in by high walls and towers... So it was written by a chronicle of the Crusaders, De Villehardouin, who was a witness when Venice raised a siege of Zadar. Really, the Town must have appeared to be an amazingly beautifui and solid town emerging from the sea, so white, in the cold days of 1202, when Venice decided, even if by a malicious cheat, to rule over Zadar. Robust walls and towers enclosed the Town from all sides like a ring. Besides, there were two separate forts, one towards the sea and the other on the port entrance, and a chain in front of it. The citizens were hoisting this chain from the sea and lowering it into the sea, as well as the strong bolts on the Town Gates - in that way they kept the safety of their commune and its institutions: the Town Prince and Council, Archbishop and Chapter House, Town monasteries and brotherhoods.
The best expression of the spirit of late Romanesque art are the abbeys of Benedictine communities and the episcopal complex. Next to the nunnery of St. Mary's sisters a capitular hall and bell-tower were erected by Croato-Hungarian King Koloman's donation in 1005, as it is chiselled in an inscription in the campanille. The hall is covered with a round arch, strengthened by transversed arches which are leaning against the columns leant against the wall. Similar columns in the cella on the storey of the bell-tower support its ribs and cross-shaped arch. Other storeys of the bell-tower were restored in the 15th century, but in their original forms, as the nuns explicitely requested that in the contract, so that its original measure, extraordinary elegance and harmonious architecture have been preserved up to nowadays. This architecture is characterized by vertical lesenes on the outside level surfaces and series of biforas that separate the storeys. On top there is a wide quadriphore and an ending pyramid is above it.
The Church of St. Chrysogone is the only remnant of the wide and rich abbey of the Benedictine monks, the community which is exceptionally important for the history and culture of the town of Zadar. Here was the centre of its Middle Ages erudition and literacy, very ancient scriptorium and an archive of exceptional importance for the national history. The Abbot of the monastery was the most respected Town's authority, beside the Prince and Archbishop, and the title of his abbey: St. Chrysogone, a Town patron more important than the others because his figure on the horseback became a symbol on the flags and seals of the commune. The church has a lay-out like a basilica, with the columns and arches separating the room into three aisles. On the back part of the building there are three round apses. The middle one is broader than the lateral two apses. The series of blind arcades divide the wall stones. Beside them, there is a row of semi-circular niches on the facade, and on the back part of the building there is an outside gallery with small columns and cube-shaped capital under the eaves of the main apse. The church was consecrated in the year 1175 by the archbishop Lampridije.
Favorite thing: Zadar is the main city in Northern Dalmatia, Zadar Old Town is located on the tip of a narrow peninsula. Although once protected by city walls, these are no longer there and only the towers and two city gates remain today. The Mainland Gate (Kopnena vrata), to the east of the Old Town, was built in 1543 and has the city coat of arms engraved on it. Close to this is the Five-Sided Tower, dating from the 13th century and the five wells which used to be the water supply for the city. The other gate is the Port Gate (Lucka vrata) to the north, built in 1573.
Favorite thing: I visited Zadar during the war, and just stayed overnight at the house of a family I happened to know some time earlier. My stongest memory are the profiles of burned out houses in the neighbourhood stretching against the darkness of the night. I´d like to come back to see the changes.
- visit me (kidding)
- visit all stuff you read here!
- go to 'varos' in the night
- walk along 'donja riva'
- see the sfings!
- and much more........
Fondest memory: zadar has the MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET! that is just amaizing and you justgotta be there and see it!
Favorite thing: Zadars Quay, a great promenade filled with trees and the coast nearby, great walking spot. Perfect weather.
Favorite thing: There are countless churches and cathedrals in Zadar, pictured here is the St Grisogonus church, a delicate and beautiful building.
A very windy morning at Zadars coast.
It was really freaky, the waves were going over their barriers, and a few other people were watching and taking pics.
Here is Zadar,what you see is what you get.
Infact you get alot more than just what you see,here is its beauty,church in the background,tree lined street, beautiful place.
St Donatus,very,very old church like building.
I have a thing for history, and in Zadar, i found it.