One Night in Zadar

I’m saying it now! I’m going back to Croatia next summer.

Our goal in this year’s summer road trip was to visit Zadar,  a city at the coast of the Adriatic Sea in the Northern Dalmatian Region. The city also shares its name to the County making it the center and the seat of governance.

We arrived to Zadar from Plitvice National Park at nine in the evening, just in time for the light show that we were looking forward to see. At the time of our visit, the city was packed with tourist concentrated at the harbor where ships from Italy were arriving. Also, the harbor is the most beautiful place at night with the lights from the opposite coast glittering in the darkness. Because of the never ending stream of people, there was no way for us to get a parking space close to the harbor so we left the car 2 km away and we had to walk down to it. Our rented apartment was not close either so we really needed the car for the ease of transportation. Anyway, we parked the car and minutes later we were by the sea.

Nikola Basic’s artworks installed in Zadar were the reasons for our visit. A very inspiring blog about this city made me want to see the architect’s ingenious creations.

The light show that I was talking about is called the Greetings to the Sun. It is located at the port as well as the Sea Organ. This is the place overlooking the sunset, (which we didn’t witness as we were late) islands and the city harbor. Although we weren’t on time for the famous Zadar sunset , we did see the flickering light and the amusement it created to the visitors. Tourists were all over the circular installation capturing moments of one night in Zadar they will surely never forget.

Not far from Greeting to the Sun is the Sea organ also by the same architect. As it name implies, it produces sounds just like the musical instrument of the same name by the way of sea waves and the tubes located underneath the marble steps. As you can see in the picture above, people are seating on the steps and the sound exits from those round holes. If the mumbles and conversations weren’t much audible, we could have appreciated the Sea Organ more.

Past the two attractions are architectures of Roman origin. The St. Donatus Church and the ruins as featured above are also frequented by tourists eager to know more about Zadar’s history. This Byzantine architecture dates back to the mid 8th century when the construction began and finished in the 9th century. It is worth to see the interior of the church as it is equally stunning as the exterior.

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