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photoblog image St. Donatus, Zadar, Croatia

St. Donatus, Zadar, Croatia

 

The 9th century church of St. Donatus, built on the northeast corner of the Roman forum and using some of its materials and columns in the construction.  Other remains of the forum are visible in the area of the church.

St. Donatus, Zadar, Croatia

 

The 9th century church of St. Donatus, built on the northeast corner of the Roman forum and using some of its materials and columns in the construction.  Other remains of the forum are visible in the area of the church.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2015, 01:49
Lovely, Tom...a grain silo with funny-shaped windows.
Tom Wilson: It does look a bit like that!
Very unusual isn't it? Looking good with your B&W treatment!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - yes, a Byzantine style I believe.
The architecture is quite impressive Tom!
Tom Wilson: They probably had more of the Roman remains around to help them think big!
Kinda makes me want to count every stone/brick, Tom!
Tom Wilson: I know what you mean, Ginnie!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2015, 06:32
This Church must have been fortified, Tom?
Tom Wilson: I don't think so, Lisl - this was in the time of the first Croatian kingdom and I imagine that the Roman walls still provided the major defences for the city.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2015, 07:07
Half church. half fort
Tom Wilson: It looks like that, but I don't think it was fortified.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2015, 07:19
What a wonderful, very old church!
Tom Wilson: Yes, unfortunately it was closed, so I couldn't see inside.
A strange looking building Tom. Did you go inside?
Tom Wilson: Unfortunately not, Bill - it was closed. However, I may be back there next September and I may be luckier then.
A very robust and fortress looking church Tom. Do I detect some Greek influence in the design?
Tom Wilson: Byzantine more than anything, I think, Chad.
What an unusual shape.
Tom Wilson: I think that other Byzantine-style churches had the same kind of ground plant - what we think of as normal was very much the Western church tradition.
Built like a fortress Tom. Perhaps it needed to be
Tom Wilson: It is, but I don't think it needed to be - the Roman walls across the peninsula must still have been in good shape to keep enemies at bay, I thik.
I agree with Janet, it does look very much like a fort, it's the height of it that I find interesting.
Tom Wilson: Yes, a quite remarkable shape - I wish I could have seen inside.
!
i like the tall, recessed arches in the church. nice shot, Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ayush.
Wonderful workmanship and a great b&w image Tom...
we visited Dubrovnik in 2006 and this reminds me very much of the walled city....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Peter. I haven't seen Dubrovnik, but I understand it is a very fine city - possibly next time smile

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