Zadar: in about a day
We were pleasantly surprised to find the city had a big spread of ruins, with a Roman forum in the main square. Zadar, btw, is the oldest inhabited city in Croatia, with traces of civilization going back all the way to the Stone ages. Quite rich in architecture, but, really the sea organ and the sun salutation installation are the highlights of the city.
Roman Forum & other sights
The Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation installation
Nikola Bašić made this simple yet melodic organ from 35 organ pipes, and placed them under the concrete steps by the sea front. When the waves driven by winds hit the 70 meter long structure, they create unique and random notes akin to what you hear in a distant church. It’s such an harmonious sound that relaxes you to the core. Look out for a passing boat, to hear the full effects of the installation.
Sun salutation installation
Another project by Nikola Bašić. This artistic experiment has solar cells in the floor of the promenade, which captures the sun’s energy and turns them into psychedelic lights at sunset. When we visited the place, all we saw was a mass of people flooding the circle of lights. But the excitement of people with their kids and little dogs yelping in confusion was quite a lovely sight to behold. Some things in life are precious, and … free and super noisy!
Sunset in Zadar
Brings me to the last but most magical of things in Zadar. The sunsets here are made and set into motion by the creator of sunsets. If Slartibartfast made Fjords, Zadar made sunsets.
Zadar at random
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