Nin

14 kms from Zadar you can find a jewel-box-like town called Nin. The main reason for its popularity is that it has a sandy beach while the in Zadar is rocky. When you enter the town you will immediately meet the heroic statue of Dux Branimir (I know it kind of sounds like Boromir!). He lived in the 9th century and he tried to decolonize his region from other empires. Throughout history the town has been a center of the Church and served as the home for the Princes of Dalmatia. Its most popular attraction is the Church of the Holy Cross. It was built also in the 9th century in Pre-Romanesque style and it is known as the smallest cathedral on Earth. Other sights are the remains of a Roman Temple in the center of the old town. During our walk in Nin (the town can be crossed easily because its length in only 500 ms!) we found a very interesting statue that looked like a drunk Dumbledore (Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter in a place that kind of looks like it were a scene from Game of Thrones… Could this be a coincidence? I don’t think so!). Turned out the statue pictures a medieval Croatian bishop, Gregory of Nin. He did not agree with the Pope and decided to officiate his messes not only in Latin but in Croatian. That must be the reason for his gesture and the fact that he is holding the Holy Bible. The town is also famous for its medicinal paddle and its summer festivals. You can choose from a lot. There is one for fishing, one for the Roman Ages and also one for Salt.
I recommend this destination if you want to have a quiet holiday and spend your days at a sandy beach but still want to wander in a history filled town.

2 thoughts on “Nin

  1. You discovered my mother’s home town! Not too many people get to Nin but I am glad you did, and you seems to enjoy it! Greetings from Australia!

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