Zadar

8 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

The Roman forum’s vista
looks to ‘Jadransko More’
Its marbled stone-clad ruins
On the Dalmatian shore
Where Zadar’s Saint Donatus
with Byzantine aplomb
borrowed Roman architecture
to build its walls upon

Topped Roman columns
vandelised when not a crime
Rebuilt in the ninth century
to cylindrical design
And now both serve to wonder
with their different history
In Zadar in Croatia
On the Adriatic sea

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Photo – St Donatus Church (9th century) on the Roman forum (1st century), Zadar, Croatia – Jempics

The foundations of the church were build using re-purposed Roman columns etc from the then defunct forum (see thumbnail below). Built around 950 A.D., it was used as a place of worship until 1798

 

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The Sea Organ

7 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

In Zadar on the water’s edge
outside the city wall
the sea organ plays music
to delight us and enthral

Powered by the ocean waves
as tidal waters flow
soft, deep sounds are heard by all
from movements down below

It is quite beautiful to hear
Peace echoed in this place
Harmonious the waters sing
of ocean’s subtle grace

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Photo – the harbour wall ‘Sea Organ’, Zadat, Croatia – Jempics

Zadar’s ‘Sea Organ’ was designed by the architect Nikola Basic as part of a project to redesign the new city coastline. The waves from the Dalmation coast interact with the organ to create random harmonic sounds forced up through holes along the sea wall. It was opened to the public in April 2015.

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