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Katedrala sv. Stošije (St. Anastasia's Cathedral)

Katedrala sv. Stošije (St. Anastasia's Cathedral) Review

Dalmatia's largest basilica was shaped into its magnificent Romanesque form in the 12th and 13th centuries from an earlier church; though it was damaged severely during World War II, it was later reconstructed. The front portal is adorned with striking Gothic reliefs and a dedication to the archbishop Ivan from the year 1324. The interior includes not only a high, spacious nave but also a Gothic, stone ciborium from 1332 covering the 9th-century altar; intricately carved 15th-century choir stalls by the Venetian artist Matej Morozon; and, in the sacristy, an early Christian mosaic. St. Anastasia is buried in the altar's left apse; according to legend, she was the wife of a patrician in Rome but was eventually burned at the stake. Bishop Donat of Zadar obtained the remains in 804 from Byzantine Emperor Niceforos. The late-19th-century belfry, which is separate from the main church building, offers a sweeping view to those who climb to the top for a fee, but even the 20 steps up to the ticket desk rewards you with a decent view of the square below.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Trg sv. Stošije 2, Zadar, 23000
  • Phone: 023/208–637
  • Cost: Church free; belfry 10 Kn
  • Hours: Belfry July–Aug. daily 9 am–midnight; June and Sept. 9 am–10 pm; Apr.–May and Oct. 10 am–5 pm
  • Location: Zadar
Updated: 12-06-2012

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