Northern Dalmatia Travel Guide

Northern Dalmatia Sights

Crkva Sv. Marije (St. Mary's Church)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Legend has it that a local noblewoman founded a Benedictine convent on this site in 1066, and the adjoining St. Mary's Church in 1091. Rebuilt in the 16th century, the church was supposed to incorporate a new Renaissance look into the remnants of its earlier style: its rounded gables remained, continuing to express a certain Dalmatian touch; early Romanesque frescoes are still evident amid the largely Baroque interior; and your eyes will discover 18th-century rococo above the original columns without being any worse for the effect. Most noteworthy for modern-day visitors, however, is the adjoining convent complex, two wings of which house one of Zadar's most treasured museums. The Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art, whose highlight is commonly called "The Gold and Silver of Zadar," is a remarkable collection of work from centuries past by local gold- and silversmiths (including Italians and Venetians who lived here), from reliquaries for saints and crucifixes to vestments interwoven with gold and silver thread.

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Poljana Opatice Čike, Zadar, Zadarska, 23000, Croatia



Sight Details:

  • Museum 30 Kn

Published 05/20/2009


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