Church of St. Donat, Zadar

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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. Add Church of St. Donat and other attractions to your Zadar trip itinerary using our Zadar trip maker tool .
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  • the most beautiful church I have ever seen. entirely made of stone, i guess 1000 of stone masons have work on this...amazing!  more »
  • This is such a beautiful church. The structure is very unique and the location is very central and easy to find. Such beautiful architecture.  more »
  • The Church is beautiful, very old and the view of the belfry is a must. While grueling, the climb is undoubtedly rewarding and the visual is breathtaking (as well as the stairs)!!! The internal structure of the Church is austere, but very well your period. Worth the visit!
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  • Nice and historic place. Should visit this place. When we visited in October we are the only one to enjoy the complete place
  • Great old church from 10th century built from the remains of Roman Forum! Great concerts of classical music are held inside.
  • This large public area is definitely people square, I like it especially conjunct next to coastline and to the center of town. No much green but it’s nice that offers wild open view to the sea.
  • Best views from the top. Good exercise to get there!! Winding metal staircase not for the faint hearted
  • 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.
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