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St. Donat church - built in the early Middle Ages (9 th century) in bizantine style, is the most famous built and the symbol of Zadar, placed on a central Roman square (Forum). It is of circular shape, and because of magnificent acoustic characteristics it is often used in the musical events ("Musical Nights in Donat").

St. Anastasia's cathedral - dominates the square of the same name with it's romanescue front and rosettes in Gothic style, while the bell-tower rises above the entire town nucleus offering unique sight on town and the islands. Cathedral was built in two occasions in 12 th and 13 th century, of triple-naval shape with the central nave three times wider than the other two and separated by the stone pillars.

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Forum - 1st century B.C. stretches from the church of St.Donat on to the sea shore. Gives the mark and the shape to the main city square with the ruins of ancient Roman builds and Corinthian pillars.

St. Krsevan's church - triple-nave basilica, built in the romanescue style, with richly decorated semicircular apses.

St. Mary's church - of a woman Benedictine abbey, was built in 11 th century in a renaissance style. There is a crypt in the church of a abbess Vekenega that initiated a built of a bell-tower and capitular atrium. In the complex of the abbey there is permanently exhibition of church art, popularly called "Gold and Silver of Zadar".

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St. Simon's church - with gothical elements from the 14 th century and baroque details from the 16 th century, keeps silver shrine of St. Simon from the 1380. Master peace of a great value for the relic of St. Simon, that was given built by the Croatian- Hungarian queen Elisabeth.

City walls - mostly from the 16 th century and surround the city nucleus towards land and the sea in the city harbour. The picturesque part is on the southern part of the peninsula in a small harbour Fosa with the monumental Terrestrial gates from the year 1543., work of the master Michele Sanmicheli, while the Maritime gate are in the vicinity of the St. Krsevan's church.

Archeological museum - founded in the year 1832., holds exhibits from the Roman ages and prehistoric archeological material.

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Riva (waterfront) - the town promenade, stretches the external part of the peninsula. City assembly, always vivid, full of people, calls for inescapable walk in touch with sea and unique view to the Zadar channel and neighbouring island Ugljan.

The sea organs - walking the promenade to the top of the peninsula, from far away attracts the confusing sound of the organs. Following the project of the architect Nikola Bašic, on fifty meters of the promenade the pipes of different sizes and shapes are built in, creating the sound of organs, due to the tidal stages of the sea. The sea organs are built under the stone steps descending into the sea.

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In the city nucleus, there are Franciscan monastery, church of Mother of sanity, St. Andrija and Petar the Old, St. Michael's church, as well as the numerous builds decorated by the family emblems, stoned courtyards, and small details that will testify the ancient character of the city. Location of the town, on a peninsula, gives an extra charm to Zadar, and physically, puts it in a context of sea and inseparability with the same.

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