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photoblog image Church of St. Mary, Zadar

Church of St. Mary, Zadar

From Zadar Sightseening:

"Founded in 1066 by a Zadar noblewoman, and belonging to a closed order of Benedictine nuns, the church was fundamentally rebuilt during the 16th century in the Renaissance spirit, but retains its Dalmatian aspect with its rounded gables. It has a fine Baroque interior with remnants of early Romanesque frescoes. The adjoining convent buildings contain the remarkable Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art (see The Silver and Gold of the City of Zadar ), and a beautiful cloistered garden only visible from the museum's interior. As well as being the guardians of the city's treasures, the nuns are extremely skilled at fine mending and do it for free. Bless!"

 

Unfortunately closed, so I wasn't able to see the "fine Baroque interior". In the foreground you see some of the remains of the Roman forum.

Church of St. Mary, Zadar

From Zadar Sightseening:

"Founded in 1066 by a Zadar noblewoman, and belonging to a closed order of Benedictine nuns, the church was fundamentally rebuilt during the 16th century in the Renaissance spirit, but retains its Dalmatian aspect with its rounded gables. It has a fine Baroque interior with remnants of early Romanesque frescoes. The adjoining convent buildings contain the remarkable Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art (see The Silver and Gold of the City of Zadar ), and a beautiful cloistered garden only visible from the museum's interior. As well as being the guardians of the city's treasures, the nuns are extremely skilled at fine mending and do it for free. Bless!"

 

Unfortunately closed, so I wasn't able to see the "fine Baroque interior". In the foreground you see some of the remains of the Roman forum.

comments (11)

Oh isn't that lovely!!!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - glad you like it.
I like the variety of styles here Tom!
Tom Wilson: Makes an interesting scene, doesn't it?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Dec 2015, 06:17
I would not describe it as pretty, or even ruggedly elegant, Tom, but it is certainly interesting.
Tom Wilson: A nice mix, I thought - and the moon out adds something smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Dec 2015, 06:37
The whole place is awash with history Tom, pity you couldn't get inside
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Chris - I hadn't been to Croatia before a couple of years ago and I've been very impressed on my visits.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 16 Dec 2015, 06:37
I have never seen architecture like this, Tom
Tom Wilson: It's certainly unusual, Lisl.
Following Lisl's comment, it always amazes me how architecture is so distinctive to it's place and culture.
Tom Wilson: Not a style you'll find in N. America, eh? smile
The unpainted, shabby style is somehow fitting here.
Tom Wilson: I think they took a lot of wear and tear in the Communist era, Mary.
The tower in particular is a fine part of this building.
Tom Wilson: Very elegant, isn't it?
A pity I'm sure the interior would have been interesting
Tom Wilson: I may get back there next September, if I can manage to write a paper! If I do, I'll certainly try to see inside some of these churches.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2015, 22:40
All very impressive. I like the feeling of faded elegance.
Tom Wilson: It's got a rich history - protected by years of communist neglect smile
Nicely captured Tom. Is that the moon up there?
Tom Wilson: That is indeed the moon, Janet.

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