Zadar, Croatia: Where History Meets TodaySeptember 15th, 2012 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on Zadar, Croatia: Where History Meets Today
back in time, while still offering modern comforts and exciting activities. The area also touts some of the most stunning scenery, with rushing waterfalls dropping into clear lakes, which reflect the majestic mountains and lush forests. Just off the coastline are deserted islands to explore, but the city’s architectural sites are the main attraction.
Zadar is an ancient city with defensive walls still standing on three sides of the city. The
narrow streets pass between the old buildings. A footbridge in the eastern wall connects the old with the new and the medieval gates, which display a Venetian lion, still stand. Some sites worth taking in include:
· The Church of Saint Donat: The building dates back to the 9th century and the Roman forum in front of the church, dating from the 1st century B.C., features numerous pillars, such as the Pillar of Shame, on which criminals were chained and punished in the Middle Ages.
· Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral: This is the largest cathedral in Dalmatia and features Roman and Gothic influences in its design.
· The Church of Saint Simeon: This beautiful architectural treasure can be found in literary references as far back as 1190.
As one strolls through the cobbled streets of Old Town, he may feel as if he is in another time period, yet still the modern shines through: street cafes with locals sipping exotic coffee drinks, tavern doors open and leaking trance music into the afternoon air, and then the well-known corporations selling their wares – Adidas, Terra Nova, Benetton.
Zadar is an artistic landscape that reaches 2700 years into the past and stretches to this very day, this very minute. Artwork is part of the city as much as its stone walls and the waves of the sea. On the northwestern edge of the city, you can find an amazing structure that sings to all passers-by. The Sea Organ, which was awarded the 2006 European Prize for Urban Public Space, is literally an organ that is played by the sea itself. The pipes extend into the water, and the waves themselves force the air which creates the music. There is no score for the song that’s played. It’s nature’s own song and a magical experience to hear.
After following Jason Hartman’s plan for financial success, you will certainly want to plan a trip to this up-and-coming tourist destination where
history meets today. Be sure to register for Jason’s Private Investment Market Tour for personal advice on your financial plan. (Top image: Flickr | Zvonimir Hrvoj)
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