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Church of St. Donat, Zadar

#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Zadar
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The largest Pre-Romanesque building in Croatia, Church of St. Donat--with its strict circular shape--has been proclaimed a highly original creation of the era. Built in the 9th century, this church has pieces and parcels of an ancient Roman forum built directly into it. See the Roman pillars inside and climb the narrow, dark stairs to the second level. Observe the simple shapes, decorated with an occasional ornament from the forum to produce something that's been celebrated for over a millennium. Due to its odd attractiveness and exceptional acoustics, the site regularly hosts music festivals and performances. Add Church of St. Donat and other attractions to your Zadar trip itinerary using our Zadar trip maker tool.
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  • This is a beautiful building in itself, a pre-Romanesque church which today is no longer used for religious ceremonies but instead as a museum. The location is unbelievable, right next to the Bell...  more »
  • Beautiful building with a lot of history. Is the most valuable monument of pre Romanesque architecture of the early middle age.  more »
  • Very relaxing historical place. There is a lot of street music and street souvenir sellers. I would highly recommend this place
  • Very relaxing. The sea organ sound is so crystal clear. Lot of street souvenirs sellers. Lot of restaurants with great foods. Worth coming for a short stay. You can finish the old town in one or two days

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