From the Boskinac on Pag Island we went to Zadar. We were there for one night so we made the most of our time and immediately started our walking tour of the city after we checked into Hotel Bastion. One of the highlights of the old town is St. Donat’s Church. It dates from the 8th-9th centuries and was built with columns and other ruins from the Roman forum that was once in Zadar and parts of which can still be seen. The central part of the church is round and was difficult to photograph, not that any photo could do it justice. I’m not so religious but going into churches or cathedrals always gives me pause thinking how the architects, builders, clergy and wealthy donors wanted to inspire the Divine. I felt it as the afternoon sun came into small, high windows near the top of the dome. The best part was seeing the remains of Roman columns as the foundations for the church. Recycling was hip in the 8th century! Ha. More like they were pagan and they’re not here anymore so let’s use it! Funny how people think that way these days still.
There was an archaelogy museum across the way from the church that we zipped through. It was mostly ceramics, stone fragments and fragments of church lintels and columns that they decided to put on view inside rather than out front. Right next to the church was a belltower. More