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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  • 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 »
  • Very nice location in grneral. You can stand atound the antique cokumns from roman ancient empire times and see this place. I reccomend.  more »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Beautiful historic site. You can climb on top between 9am to 10pm
  • An interesting building including the feature of clear use of parts of a previous Roman temple as the foundation stones.

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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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