Provided by: Zadar Tourist Board
Section in Zadar
Do & See
Throughout history, Zadar and its surroundings have witnessed many turbulent events which have turned Zadar into a sort of a city–museum. Zadar is a city where huge spaces are left for pedestrians. Using your ArrivalGuide, your walk along the cobblestone streets of the city will become a walk through history, but also an experience of the contemporary city life. When tired, take a break in one of the restaurants, pastry shops or coffee shops that you can find in this guide. Enjoy listening to the concerts, visit the theatre, museums, and exhibitions.

Land Gate and Walls

The most impressive gate is the Land Gate - then the main entrance into the city - in the little Foša harbour, built by a Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli in 1543. It is considered to be one of the finest monuments of the Renaissance in Dalmatia, and it has the form of a triumphal arch with a central passage, and two smaller side arches for pedestrians. It is decorated with motifs such as St Chrysogonus (Zadar’s main patron saint) on his horse, and the Lion of St. Mark (the coat of arms of the Republic of Venice).
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St Michael´s Church and Monastery

On the corner of Špiro Brusina Street and Mihovil Klaić Street there is a simple and charming Gothic Church of St Michael’s, once a part of the Franciscan monastery. A Gothic portal, which is adorned by reliefs from 14th century, dominates the facade. In its single-nave interior there is a painted wooden Romanesque crucifixion from 13th century. There is also a small collection of art works in the monastery. The present church was built in 1389 and added to in 19th century.
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Treasury of the Franciscan Monastery

The Treasury exhibits valuable examples of sacred art: the large Romanesque painted crucifix from 12th century, the painting of the Dead Christ - the work of Jacopo da Ponte Bassano, the large Renaissance crucifix from 15th century, ancient liturgical vessels, precious illuminated codices and corals, documents, incunabula etc. The painted Ugljan polyptych from 15th century is without any doubt the finest and the most representative example of the entire Gothic painting in Croatia.
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