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Shabby Zadar, Croatia can quickly be seen in an hour or two

In the Middle Ages, the Pillar of Shame was a place of punishment; people were chained to it, then mocked, humiliated, and even whipped with these punishments sometimes lasting for hours, and the whole city was welcome to stop and watch

In the Middle Ages, the Pillar of Shame was a place of punishment; people were chained to it, then mocked, humiliated, and even whipped with these punishments sometimes lasting for hours, and the whole city was welcome to stop and watch

The Land Gate is a masterpiece constructed by a Venetian architect in 1543; Zadar is famous for maraschino, a liqueur made from bittersweet cherries

The Land Gate is a masterpiece constructed by a Venetian architect in 1543; Zadar is famous for maraschino, a liqueur made from bittersweet cherries

The Church of Saint Simeon has kept the body of the town's patron saint since 1632; most of my visit was on a Sunday which meant sights were closed

The Church of Saint Simeon has kept the body of the town's patron saint since 1632; most of my visit was on a Sunday which meant sights were closed

The 13th century, late Renaissance City Sentinel is a popular place for locals to meet; Zadar is not as large as you might think and you can see most of the sights in an hour

The 13th century, late Renaissance City Sentinel is a popular place for locals to meet; Zadar is not as large as you might think and you can see most of the sights in an hour

The first two floors of the cathedral bell tower were built in 1452 but it wasn't finished until 1894; it seemed like everyone I saw in Zadar was eating ice cream

The first two floors of the cathedral bell tower were built in 1452 but it wasn't finished until 1894; it seemed like everyone I saw in Zadar was eating ice cream

Saint Anastasia's Cathedral built in the 12th to 13th century (high Romanesque style) is the largest cathedral in Dalmatia

Saint Anastasia's Cathedral built in the 12th to 13th century (high Romanesque style) is the largest cathedral in Dalmatia

The 13th century, pentagonal Captain's Tower was built by the Venetians to strengthen the city against Turkish attacks; much like Florida, afternoon heat here often leads to thunderstorms

The 13th century, pentagonal Captain's Tower was built by the Venetians to strengthen the city against Turkish attacks; much like Florida, afternoon heat here often leads to thunderstorms

The Roman Forum is the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic, founded by the first Roman Emperor Augustus, as shown by two stone inscriptions about its completion dating from the 3rd century

The Roman Forum is the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic, founded by the first Roman Emperor Augustus, as shown by two stone inscriptions about its completion dating from the 3rd century

It's not Greek, but it's sure hard to understand; google maps doesn't have Croatia public transit info which really makes getting around by bus more of a challenge

It's not Greek, but it's sure hard to understand; google maps doesn't have Croatia public transit info which really makes getting around by bus more of a challenge

In the 7th century, Zadar became the center of the Byzantine province of Dalmatia; it hasn't changed much since I first visited in 2003 with Ruben and Lee

In the 7th century, Zadar became the center of the Byzantine province of Dalmatia; it hasn't changed much since I first visited in 2003 with Ruben and Lee

Five Wells Square was built in 1574 to prevent the lack of fresh water because the Turks were closing in; the new cruise and ferry terminal is inconveniently located several miles south of town

Five Wells Square was built in 1574 to prevent the lack of fresh water because the Turks were closing in; the new cruise and ferry terminal is inconveniently located several miles south of town

The defensive system of fortified walls stretches for 3 kms around Zadar and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Zadar is the 5th largest city in Croatia with just 75,000 people

The defensive system of fortified walls stretches for 3 kms around Zadar and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Zadar is the 5th largest city in Croatia with just 75,000 people

These tourists are sitting on the sea organ, the most famous sight in Zadar; tide, waves and wind combine to push air through 35 vertically installed tubes of different lengths, diameters and slants

These tourists are sitting on the sea organ, the most famous sight in Zadar; tide, waves and wind combine to push air through 35 vertically installed tubes of different lengths, diameters and slants

As a complement to the Sea Organ, the new Sun Salutation has solar modules in panels programmed to display light effects at night; Alfred Hitchcock said Zadar had the most beautiful sunsets in the world

As a complement to the Sea Organ, the new Sun Salutation has solar modules in panels programmed to display light effects at night; Alfred Hitchcock said Zadar had the most beautiful sunsets in the world

For 800  years the barkajoli (like Venetian gondoliers) have been connecting the two ends of Zadar�s harbor with their small rowboats; this tradition has been passed on from father to son for centuries

For 800+ years the barkajoli (like Venetian gondoliers) have been connecting the two ends of Zadar´s harbor with their small rowboats; this tradition has been passed on from father to son for centuries

The Harbor Gate dates from 1573; the well-protected harbor has fishing boats but also some large yachts and island hopping craft

The Harbor Gate dates from 1573; the well-protected harbor has fishing boats but also some large yachts and island hopping craft

The old pedestrian bridge connecting the historic center to the more modern part of Zadar was destroyed in World War 2; Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city

The old pedestrian bridge connecting the historic center to the more modern part of Zadar was destroyed in World War 2; Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city

Peter Zoranica Square has a single, Roman column and other ruins that were discovered; also on the square is a stone sarcophagus said to contain the remains of a 1st century monk

Peter Zoranica Square has a single, Roman column and other ruins that were discovered; also on the square is a stone sarcophagus said to contain the remains of a 1st century monk

I had a great time showing Marilyn and Dorothy Zadar on a very quick walking tour; their cruise ship conveniently docked right next to the old town

I had a great time showing Marilyn and Dorothy Zadar on a very quick walking tour; their cruise ship conveniently docked right next to the old town

Rector's Palace has an Andy Warhol (born into a poor family of Slovak emigrants) exhibition that ran through September featuring 90 works; last year, the palace hosted a Chagall exhibition

Rector's Palace has an Andy Warhol (born into a poor family of Slovak emigrants) exhibition that ran through September featuring 90 works; last year, the palace hosted a Chagall exhibition

The City Lodge on People's Square is now an exhibition space; currently, it houses a spectacle about snakes

The City Lodge on People's Square is now an exhibition space; currently, it houses a spectacle about snakes

These little tennis balls are some kind of candy; Zadar played host as Croatia and the US faced-off in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup in September

These little tennis balls are some kind of candy; Zadar played host as Croatia and the US faced-off in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup in September

By popular request, I'll be taking fewer selfies (too many hair complaints); the scenery around me is always much nicer to see anyway

By popular request, I'll be taking fewer selfies (too many hair complaints); the scenery around me is always much nicer to see anyway

The 9th century Church of Saint Donatus is the most important preserved structure of its period in Dalmatia; the massive dome of the rotunda is surrounded by a vaulted, two-story gallery

The 9th century Church of Saint Donatus is the most important preserved structure of its period in Dalmatia; the massive dome of the rotunda is surrounded by a vaulted, two-story gallery

The Church of Saint Donatus is part of the large Episcopal complex that includes the cathedral, bishop's palace, seminary, episcopium and bell tower

The Church of Saint Donatus is part of the large Episcopal complex that includes the cathedral, bishop's palace, seminary, episcopium and bell tower

Saint Mary's Church, which retains a fine Romanesque campanile from 1105, belongs to a Benedictine Convent founded in 1066; the city of Zadar is pronounced to rhyme with otter

Saint Mary's Church, which retains a fine Romanesque campanile from 1105, belongs to a Benedictine Convent founded in 1066; the city of Zadar is pronounced to rhyme with otter

Zadar is today one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations, named entertainment center of the Adriatic by The Times and Croatia's new capital of cool by The Guardian

Zadar is today one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations, named entertainment center of the Adriatic by The Times and Croatia's new capital of cool by The Guardian

The Archaeological Museum is representative of many of the Communist-era buildings; the old town is a mix of ancient buildings and ugly 20th century buildings

The Archaeological Museum is representative of many of the Communist-era buildings; the old town is a mix of ancient buildings and ugly 20th century buildings

The city is still basking in the glory of Croatia's epic World Cup performance; nearby is the Museum of Antique Glass that exhibits objects dating from the 1st century BC that were excavated in the region

The city is still basking in the glory of Croatia's epic World Cup performance; nearby is the Museum of Antique Glass that exhibits objects dating from the 1st century BC that were excavated in the region

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