Northern Dalmatia Travel Guide

Northern Dalmatia Sights

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

  • Trg Sv. Stošije 2 Map It
  • Zadar
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's 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 Donatus 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.

Sight Information


Trg Sv. Stošije 2, Zadar, Zadarska, 23000, Croatia

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Sight Details:

  • Church free, belfry 10 Kn
  • Closed Sun.

Published 05/20/2009


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