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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  • To visit this temple must be considered the significance that has for the Croatian nation. It is a pleasant walk, and can always be complemented with festivals and other attractions that are within walking distance.
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  • Not many people in Nin when we visited but it was a lovely little town to walk around in. There were floods a few weeks before we arrived and it was perhaps less interesting than usual due to the floo...  more »
  • Smallest church I've ever seen in the summer months until end of August many cultural events only during the peak travel period in September is what a shame hardly events, too
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  • Beautiful little church, from 9th century, sits on a green meadow of ruins. Sometimes its surroundings host events, like choir concerts. Definitely worth a visit. Should be cared for much more than it is at the moment.
  • Ancient Pre-Romanesque church from 9. century, there is an old inscription in the door, and windows are designed so that sun passes at the equinox and solstice days. Stands alone in the middle of the ruins and makes a great photo with Velebit mountain range in the distance.
  • It is a good place to visit if you are near Zadar. This is a small kind of church it's nice but not the best building I've ever seen.
  • It's hard to believe, that church is standing here for 12 centuries :) beautiful place
  • Bare minimum. Just God and you... No blasphemes gold decorations 👍
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