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A heritage of culture and history

Culture and history have, just like nature, been kind to the Zadar tourist region that has been populated now for three millennia. In the close vicinity of Zadar is the city of Nin, Croatia's oldest royal seat and the place in which the Croatian state was born. Zadar became the capital of Dalmatia as far back as the 7th century and held on to the title until 1918. The stone paved streets of the Peninsula, the centre of the city's ancient core, are graced by the 9th century stone church of St. Donat, the largest researched Roman forum on this side of the Adriatic, the church of St. Stošija (St. Anastasia) from the 13th century and the 12th century church of St. Krševan. The spirit and rhythm of this thousand year old city are best felt in walking the Kalelarga, a wide street that every visitor to this city must see. The city is now living its second youth as a place with the largest investments into municipal infrastructure and construction.

One of these edifices, unique in all of Europe, is the "Sea Organ", a miracle of architecture built in the submersed part of the city's waterfront where the maritime currents and the waves, in passing through these underwater musical tubes, create an unbelievable sound, called the music of the sea, that fills the wide area of the seaside promenade and that has in less than a year become a not-to-be-missed gathering spot for thousands of curious visitors from Zadar and its environs. Famed director Alfred Hitchcock says that the most beautiful sunset in the world can be seen from precisely this spot on the Zadar quay. That was how he described it after his visit to Zadar, a visit he remembered to the end of his life by the meeting of the sinking sun and the sea.

The Zadar region has for 12 centuries been home, in the small city of Nin, 18 km from Zadar itself, to the old Church of the Holy Cross, the smallest cathedral in the world. Only 36 paces in length, the small church in Nin was built in keeping with the suns position throughout the year, so that it serves as a clock and a calendar, but also as a place for prayer.

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