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Church of St. Donat, Zadar

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Historic Site
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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  • just magical at night. you can go.. buy some beers or food and wine and sitaround with friends. you can also go from monday to friday to the tower during day time where you can see the whole city! gre...  more »
  • A great view of a beautiful architecture all surrounded with dizzy Romanian, in front you have quite a nice little bistro to visit
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  • Nice historical place recommended for visit (day or evening time) very easy to find, as well other monuments available in surrounding area.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent old church well worth a visit. If you get chance go up the tower the views are stunning.
  • The must see point in Zadar. You should definitely go up the tower and enjoy the view.
  • A really well preserverd middle age Church which is a must see when visiting Zadar. Nobody comes home without at least one photograph of the church. The town square is not filled with stands or shops so the church looks even more magnificent.