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Crkva sv. Šimuna (St. Simeon's Church)

Crkva sv. Šimuna (St. Simeon's Church) Review

Built in the 5th century as a three-nave basilica, it was later reconstructed in Gothic style, and again in baroque style, though the terra-cotta and white exterior pales in comparison to some of the city's other churches. St. Simeon's Church is best known for housing the gilded silver sarcophagus of Zadar's most popular patron saint. The chest, which depicts intricately detailed scenes from St. Simeon's life and the city's history, was commissioned in 1381 by Elizabeth, wife of Croat-Hungarian King Ludwig I of Anjou, and made by Francesco De Sesto of Milan, one of Zadar's best silversmiths. As for St. Simeon, legend has it that his body wound up here while being transported from the Holy Land to Venice by a merchant who got caught in a storm, took refuge here, fell ill, and died—but not before drawing attention to the saintliness of the body he'd brought with him. Palm trees outside the church lend the site a pleasant, Mediterranean touch.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Crkva sv. Šime, Zadar, 23000
  • Phone: 023/211–705
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–noon and 3–5, Sat. 9–noon. Masses 8 am weekdays, 8:30 am and 10 am weekends
  • Location: Zadar
Updated: 12-06-2012

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