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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 (or simply "troplet") 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 place is rather small and isn't really worth a day out on it's own. However, if you're passing by you could use it as a lunch stop.  more »
  • Just a wonderful little building in a wonderful location. Ok, there might not much be much to see inside - but it's the setting and the chill factor of this little island village steeped in history an...  more »
  • If you are in town, it nice to see the small church as part of your tour. There was not anything special about the church. You can go inside the church but it is empty.  more »
  • 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.
  • World's smallest cathedral.
  • Nice small town
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  • The Church is not nothing special unless you know why it is interesting. (The world's smallest Cathedral) A small description of the temple entrance would be good./Nothing special in the church unless you know why it's interesting. (The smallest cathedal in the world) A short description at the entrance would be nice.
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