Zadar

ZADAR

Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city. Situated in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia. It is administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region with 75,000 inhabitants. The archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, 3 nature parks - Telašćica, Sjeverni Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 national parks - Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka

1. In 59 BC it was renamed Iadera when it became a Roman municipium. In 48 BC it became a Roman colonia. During Roman era Zadar acquired the characteristics of a traditional Ancient Roman city with a regular road network, a public square ( forum), and an elevated capitolium with a temple.

2. Because of its rich heritage, Zadar is today one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations, named “entertainment center of the Adriatic” by The Times and “Croatia’s new capital of cool” by The Guardian. In 2016 the Belgian portal Europe’s Best Destinations.com named Zadar the “Best European Destination” after a three-week period of online voting involving more than 288,000 votes.

3. UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list included the fortified city of Zadar as part of Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar in 2017.

4. The sea organ, the project of architect Nikola Bašić, is an architectural sound art object located near a new cruise port, within the Zadar harbor. It plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of steps.

5. Zadar has been populated since ancient times. There is even evidence of human presence from the Stone Age.

6. A TOUCH OF EGYPT

Zadar has its own sphynx. Egpytians didn’t make it, but a local artist did. It is built in the 20th century, but even though it is not very old, many mysteries and legends surround it. One of them being that it grants love wishes for those looking for love.

7. SUNSETS

The sunsets in Zadar are a true sight. As once Alfred Hitchcock said “The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful sunset”.

8. Monument to the Sun or The Greeting to the Sun (Croatian: Pozdrav Suncu)

Monument consists of 300 multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle. Beside the main (Sun) installation, looking from the west side, above the Sea organ, are placed similar smaller installations representing other planets of the solar system. Sheet size of the Sun and planets are proportional, as well as the distance from the center of each plate for themselves, but not both at the same time because the planet installations would have to be from a few hundred meters to several tens of kilometers away from the Sun. Beneath the glass are photo-voltage solar modules with lighting elements which turn on at night, and produce show of light.

On the chrome ring that surrounds the photo-voltage solar modules on the Sun, are inscribed the names of all of the saints after which present and previous churches on the

Zadar peninsula have been named. Next to their names and the date of their feast are the declination and the altitude of the Sun north or south of the equator (DEC minimum of -23 degrees to a maximum of 23 degrees), the length of the sunlight in the meridian on that day, and in that place on the waterfront, which makes this Monument kind of a calendar.

9. MARASCHINO

The original Zadar Liqueur Maraschino is recognized all over the world. It is recognizable by its characteristic sweet taste and aromatic aroma. It is prepared according to the traditional recipe created by the pharmacy of the Dominican monastery at the beginning of the 16th century.

10. BARKAJOLI

One of the trademarks of the city of Zadar. For 800 years, with small rowing boats, they connect two port city ports in all weather conditions, saving time for their passengers. For centuries, this tradition has been passed from knee to knee to several families and managed to be held despite all the challenges of modern times

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