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Zadar is the centre of the Zadar County as well as a marine, cultural and tourist centre.The city of Zadar is unique because of its thousand-year-old urban existence which makes it one of the oldest cities in Croatia. This is a city filled with cultural and historical heritage which can be seen today by just walking through the city.

Extremly indented coast, isles and untouchable nature attract numerous tourists to visit this area. Archipelago consisting of 24 bigger and even about 300 small isles and cliffs, 3 nature parks - Telašćica, Velebit and Vranjsko jezero, and 5 national parks - Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Kornati, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit rank Zadar and its surroundings to the very top of the Croatian tourist offer.

Throughout the years, Zadar has been protected by the structure of a roman fort and many of the houses were built in roman and gothic times. Preserved from ancient times are its streets, parts of its water supply, which comes from Lake Vrana, a 14m high post and excavations on the Forum, and parts of Trajan's triumphal arch.

Originating in the 14th century, from the renaissance era, are the doors of Sammicheli, the Morska Vrata (door to the sea) and the larger parts of the fortress and town walls. The city centre is surrounded by walls and towers which in turn provide protection for churches and other sacred buildings.

 
One important pre-romanesque monument is the tower of St. Donat which is 27m high with 3 apses and its interior is divided up into two naves. The cathedral of St. Stosija originates from the Romanesque era and is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Croatia.

Some other beautiful historical monuments are the Benedictine monastery complex with the church of St. Mary, the basilica of St. Krsevina, the church of St. Frane, the church of St. Simun, the large town square with the City lodge, the square of Three Wells and the square of Five Wells, as well as many palaces, villas and other pieces of cultural heritage.

The city of Zadar is a city of culture, history and beauty. Come and explore everything Zadar has to offer. Conditions and amenities for recreation and sport activities are top-leveled. There are numerous tennis courts (in the immediate surrounding of the apartments Luana - 600 m), playgrounds for football, basketball, handball, and besides it, there you have great opportunities for activities on the water, such as sailing, surfing, rowing, diving, sport fishing.

 
In numerous Zadar's restaurants and (a type of the traditional Dalmatian restaurant) everyone should try domestic specialities, and amoung drink offer is to recommend the famous liqueur Maraskino.

That unique drink was favoured at European courts (London, Wien, Moscow) even in the XIX. century, and its production in Zadar dates from 1821. Some of the better places in Zadar recommended for the top-level gastronomical pleasure are definitely restaurants Foša, Kornati and Dva ribara ( the old core of the town - Poluotok) and restaurant Roko ( in the immediate surrounding of the apartments Luana - 500 m ).

In Zadar, there are daily organized trips toward all the national parks and all the important places worth seeing. Night life in Zadar during the summer: there are many night clubs and casinos which provide joy and pleasure up to the early morning; our recommendation is to definitely visit the open-air club Garden and the georgeous structure Arsenal
 
 
CHURCH OF SAINT DONAT

The symbol of the city of Zadar and the most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages (9th c.). Round pre-Romanesque church which was called the Church of the Holy Trinity until the 15th c., and from that time on carries the name of Saint Donat, by the bishop who had it built. The church was mentioned for the first time in mid 10th c. in the documents of the Byzantine emperor Konstantin Porfirogenet. Today its space is used, due to its extraordinary acoustic features, for musical performances ("Musical Evenings in Saint Donat").
 
The Sea organ

The Sea organ was constructed following it is positioned near the new cruiser port as a part of Zadar's Riva and is easily recognized as a specifically shaped part of the coast that consists of several stairs descending into the sea. The stairs extend for about 70 meters along the coast, and under them, at the lowest sea-tide level, 35 pipes of different length, diameter and tilts were put up vertically to the coast, rising aslant to the paved part of the shore and ending in a canal (a service corridor).

On the pipes there are LABIUMS (whistles), which play 7 chords of 5 tones. Above the canal there are perforated stone stairs through which the sound comes out as the air is pushed by the sea.
 
The Greeting to the Sun

The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layer glass panels set on the same level as the quay paving, in form of a circle having a diameter of 22 meters. The Greeting to the Sun is conceived as a spatial installation in form of an amphitheater surrounded by a stylized display of all Solar System planets and their orbits. When the ''most beautiful sunset in the world'' comes, the lighting elements built into the circle are activated, producing a wonderful, exceptionally impressive game of lights to the rhythm of the waves and the sound of the Sea Organ according to a specifically programmed scenario.