Maritime Renaissance 2020

About Zadar

Maritime Renaissance 2020

Zadar is an ancient city, built in the centre of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful.

Zadar has preserved the most important fortification elements of the “alla moderna” system of defence: the city walls with a series of powerful bastions of which Ponton was the first “alla moderna” bastion and the largest bastion in the Adriatic, the monumental Land Gate, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture from the 16th century and the outer Forte fortress.

The defence system of Zadar and the Šibenik fortress of St Nicholas are listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage as two of the six components of the transnational series of the cultural asset of the Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries.

The Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries is an exceptional historical, architectural and technological testimony to the “alla moderna” system, developed over the territory of the ex-Venetian Republic as a response to the introduction of new firearms technology in military operations.

Source: history