The most monumental building in Zadar is the cathedral of St. Anastasia located in the centre of the old town, in the vicinity of the church of St. Donatus.

Zadar Cathedral
Zadar Cathedral

Zadar Cathedral attractions

Today's appearance of the Cathedral dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. It was constructed as a three-nave basilica in Romanesque style.
Each of the naves has its own entrance with the lunette.

Zadar's Cathedral is one of the oldest in Croatia. That fact indicates the importance of Zadar during the early Medieval period, when all neighbourhood kingdoms, including Venice and Hungary, wanted to rule over the city.

Even if you are not an expert in art, you will feel the monumentality of the building.

Main entrance to the Cathedral
Main entrance to the Cathedral

Another attraction related to the cathedral complex is the bell tower. It's worth visiting although it takes a bit of climbing effort to reach the top of the tower.
That's probably the spot with the best view in the town. There you can have a panoramic view of Zadar's area, the old town, and the neighbour islands.

View of Zadar from the Cathedral's bell tower
View of Zadar from the Cathedral's bell tower
Siroka Ulica view from the Cathedral's bell tower
Siroka Ulica view from the Cathedral's bell tower

The cathedral is free to visit for all people and groups during all seasons.
The price for climbing the bell tower is 15 kuna (around 2 euros).

Church of St. Donatus view from the Cathedral's bell tower
Church of St. Donatus view from the Cathedral's bell tower

The Cathedral is open every day from Monday to Sunday in period 9 am to 8 pm.

The holy mass is scheduled at 7 pm in period Monday - to Friday, and at 9 am on Saturday.
On Sunday, the holy masses are scheduled at 9 am, 11 am, and 7 pm.

Visitors should avoid visiting during mass time.

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