NIN -THE FIRST CAPITAL OF THE CROATS AND THE OLDEST CROATIAN ROYAL TOWN

Nin is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coastline where life has continued for over 3000 years. In the Medieval period Nin was a strong Christian centre. For that reason Croatian national rulers had very close connections with history of Nin: dukes Višeslav, Borna, Mislav, Trpimir, Muncimir and Branimir; and kings: Tomislav, Petar Krešimir IV and Zvonimir. Nin itself is history in which every stone has its story. Arriving at the bridge that connects the new and old parts of Nin, you come to the monument of Prince Branimir. In the 9th century, Prince Branimir ruled the medieval Croatian state, whose capital was Nin. Stepping onto the small island, you will feel the spirit of times past. Step by step, you will reach the Church of St. Anselm, the first Croatian Cathedral. The symbol of Nin is an imposing bronze statue of Gregory of Nin, placed close to the church of St. Anselm.  Not far from the monument you will find the ruins of a settlement dating from the 1st to the 7th centuries, including the remains of a Roman temple and forum, and the Church of the Holy Cross from the 9th century, which is known as “the smallest cathedral in the world”. Church of St. Nicholas, dating from the end of the 11th century, and which is linked to the coronation of kings. It is 500 meters away from the urban area along the road connecting Nin with Zadar. It was built on a hummock, a prehistorical tumulus. It represents the only preserved example of the Early Romanesque architecture of such from in Dalmatia. The islet Zečevo is situated 13 km north of Nin by land. This small island is often visited by pilgrims and the faithful, especially on May 5th, the day of the Presentation of Our Lady of Zečevo.

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