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The Church of the Holy Cross, Nin

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Church of the Holy Cross is a Croatian Pre-Romanesque Catholic church originating from the 9th century in Nin.According to a theory from an art historian Mladen Pejaković, the design has an intentionally unbalanced elliptical form designated to "follow" the position of the Sun, retaining the functionality of a calendar and sundial. In its beginning, in the time of the Croatian principality, it was used as a royal chapel of the duke's courtyard nearby.The church is that of a central type, it features the Croatian interlace and a carved name of the Croatian župan "Godečaj".The church is known under the moniker of "the smallest cathedral in the world", but it does not actually contain the seat of a bishop of Nin today.
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  • The smallest cathedral in the world is actually the smallest and ludicrous magic. I recommend to see
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  • Strolling through the old city, and visited the Church. Outwardly beautiful, inside there is nothing. But good acoustics:) Nothing remarkable, just for the picture on its background.
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  • Nin is a small gem, with some churches and Roman ruins, you visit in an hour or so poor, beautiful entrance bridge
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  • Bare minimum. Just God and you... No blasphemes gold decorations 👍
  • Small one room church. A few birds have made nests here. Otherwise, it's empty.
  • Interesting small, but I mean really small church.
  • Situated in the middle of the ruins of a series of buildings, this tiny church nestles beautifully into the picturesque surroundings of Nin. The claim is that this is the smallest cathedral in the world, although not technically true (no longer a seat for a bishop) it is a delightful place to visit and take a few snaps and if you're in the area, possibly Zadar, a trip here and to Nin would certainly be worth your time.
  • Smaller but nice:)

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