If you are visiting Zadar during your seafaring travels in Croatia, the Church of St. Donatus is favored as one of must-see landmarks to visit. The presence of this unique place can easily be spotted if you are in Stari Grad (the Old City). The name refers to the person who began the construction back inthe 9th Century, ending it on the northeaster section of the forum; Donatus of Zadar. The church was initially named as the Church of Holy Trinity during the 15th Century, but again renamed back to the Church of St. Donatus.
The structure is considered to be the largest pre-romanesque in Croatia. Although quite simple, viewed as one of hte most impressive churches in the Carolingian period. Uniquely circular as by common style during the Byzatine era in Croatia, there are three apses as well as an ambulatory within the central section. There are no religious services – as it has been for decades now, however due to the ideal acoustics, the Church of St. Donatus is the venue for concerts during the Annual Festival of Medieval Renaissance Music (otherwise referred to as ‘Musical Evenings in St. Donatus’) More information about this festival can be seen here.
Zadar is a great gulet cruising destination with much more to see!