What to see near the port of Zadar
Despite being the subject of numerous bombings during the Second World War, Zadar still preserves many traces of its past. Walking along the streets of the city center, in fact, you will have the opportunity to admire and visit monuments and places of interest of the Dalmatian city.
One of the symbols of Zadar is certainly the church of San Donato. Built in the 9th century, it is one of the most shining examples of Byzantine architecture in all of Dalmatia. It has a central plan, and the structure is very reminiscent of the Palatine Chapel in Aachen and the church of San Vitale in Ravenna. Its greatest peculiarity lies in the fact that the building was erected using material from the nearby Roman Forum, whose ruins are still visible.
Other notable places of worship are the marvelous Romanesque cathedral of Sant'Anastasia (inside which the relics of the saint are kept), the church of San Crisogono, the church of San Simeone and the church of Santa Maria.
Zadar is also the city of museums. Among the main ones we point out the National Museum (which includes the Art Gallery, Zadar City Museum and the permanent exhibition "The gold and silver of the city of Zadar") and the Archaeological Museum. If you are passionate about crafts, a visit to the Museum of Ancient Glass is a must.
The Dalmatian city also boasts a World Heritage Site. We refer to the defense works erected by the Venetians at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when Zadar was part of the State da Mar, an expression with which the Serenissima indicated its maritime domains. Along this imposing fortification system there is, among others, the Porta di Terraferma: erected in the first half of the sixteenth century, it bears in the central archway the Lion of San Marco, emblem of the Republic of Venice.
A few steps from the portal is a place that will not fail to attract your attention: it is Piazza dei Cinque Pozzi, which were built to guarantee water autonomy to the city during the Turkish invasions. Behind the square, moreover, you will find two green lungs of Zadar: the park of Queen Jelena Madijevka and the park of Vladimir Nazor, first president of the People's Republic of Croatia.
Next to the square of the Five Wells is the Petar Zoranić square, from which Calle Larga starts , the most important street in the historic center of Zadar (the street ends near the aforementioned Roman Forum and the church of San Donato).
Finally, two monuments that have aroused great interest abroad also deserve a quick mention. We are alluding, for those who have not guessed it, to the Greeting of the Sun and the Sea Organ. Both visionary works were created by the well-known Croatian architect Nikola Bašić and are located along the quay that frames the historic center of Zadar.