Church of St. Donat, Zadar

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#2 of 8 in Historic Sites in Zadar
The largest Pre-Romanesque building in Croatia, Church of St. Donat--with its strict circular shape--has been proclaimed a highly original creation of the era. Built in the 9th century, this church has pieces and parcels of an ancient Roman forum built directly into it. See the Roman pillars inside and climb the narrow, dark stairs to the second level. Observe the simple shapes, decorated with an occasional ornament from the forum to produce something that's been celebrated for over a millennium. Due to its odd attractiveness and exceptional acoustics, the site regularly hosts music festivals and performances. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Church of St. Donat by using our Zadar trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I didn't like this place. I had high hopes, but it isn't very exciting. There are quite a few steps to climb, but it is just a shell of a building that looks grand from the outside. I appreciate it is...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice location in grneral. You can stand atound the antique cokumns from roman ancient empire times and see this place. I reccomend.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Curious Church, both for its form, being dedicated to a Bishop instead of a Saint, as for the place where it is located, next to the ancient Roman Forum. You can climb to the tower where you can admire a beautiful view of the city.
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  • June 1, 2017
    A beautiful historic site. Simple in the interior; some call it boring but really that gives it a unique experience. No golden artifacts, no ceiling paintings nor wall arts, just a grand structure to experience how it could be in the ancient days. I quite enjoy it.
  • February 3, 2017
    One of the most impressive and grandiose Romanesque churches in the region. There is a beautiful atmosphere around with some pieces from Roman times scatared around that further confirm the significant history.
  • June 7, 2017
    Looks okay on the outside but there's literally nothing inside (Personally, I would advise AGAINST paying to go in!) All the displays are gone and cabinets are empty!
  • October 30, 2016
    Pretty on the outside but definitely not worth the visit inside at the moment (November 2016). It's undergoing some sort of renovation on its interior.
  • October 18, 2016
    Excellent old church well worth a visit. If you get chance go up the tower the views are stunning.

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If proximity to the sights in Zadar is your priority, opt to stay in the old town, a compact area packed with historical buildings. Although this area offers few budget-friendly hotel rooms, you can choose from affordable hostels within walking distance of the city's main sights. Zadar's resort hotels tend to hug the coastline, a short drive out of the city. Book ahead if you want to stay there, or stop by the city's tourist office for a list of private rooms closer to the city center.
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