OF NIN (distance 62 km)
In the past, Nin was the royal seat of Croatian
Kings and the Bishop. It is situated some 18 km north of Zadar.
Duke Branimir received royal recognition from the Pope here in
879. In the centre of town, even today, there stands the marvellous
small Church of St. Kriza (Cross), an example of early Croatian
architecture. It is of the same Greek cross shape as St. Vida's
Church in Zadar, with the name and title of the first head of
state, Godecaja engraved above the portal. The engraved inscription
for a long time posed a secret but was resolved by M. Pejakovic
of Dubrovnik. The building was erected to serve as a clock and
calendar giving the time all through the year by the position
of the setting sun. At the beginning of the 12th century, just
in front of Nin, on a small hill, the little church consecrated
to St. Nicholas was built. Near the road leading to town there
stands a statue of Bishop Grgur of Nin, the work of the well-known
Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, who also made a smaller copy
of this statue which now stands in Split.
We can offer sightseeing of the old city centre
under guidance of the tourist guide .