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St Domnius bell tower

The bell tower of St Domnio is the most original Dalmatian medieval edifice since no similar complex exists throughout the entire Adriatic coast if we take into consideration its transparency (thrown open space) and idea of installation of columns (they are being narrowed towards the peak).

Ground floor represents triumphal arch from ancient times. Construction of the Tower started by the end of the 13th century it continued throughout 15th when one floor was added in a gothic-renaissance style. Bell tower was completely restored by the end of the 19th century. 

Among many donators that helped to build the tower was Hungarian king Bela IV and his wife Mary. Their two daughters Elizabeth and Katrina died of a plague in 1242. near Split. Out of respect the citizens placed their bodies above entrance to cathedral in small sarcophagus that still lies there.

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