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The Cathedral Of St. Anastasia

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The Cathedral of St. Anastasia is one of the Catholic churches in Zadar, additionally it is considered the largest Church in Dalmatia and one of the seven cathedrals in Croatia bearing the honorary title of “minor Basilica”.

The Bishop's Palace located near the Cathedral, expect to be included in the list of the UNESCO programme dedicated to the preservation of world heritage sites.

The Cathedral of St. Anastasia is located in the center of the city, it was built on the site of an early Christian Basilica of the 4th century. The name of the Cathedral was in honor of St. Anastasia of Sirmium, whose relics were received by the local Bishop as a gift from the Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus I in the 9th century.

In 12-13 centuries the building was rebuilt in the Romanesque style, but still unfinished, it suffered during the attack on Zadar crusaders. It happened in 1202. Thus, begun in the late 12 th century reconstruction lasted for the entire 13th century. Later the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Anastasia was built in the 15th-18th centuries.

The reliquary in which the relics of the Saint, is the main Shrine of the Cathedral, it is made in the Baroque style. Also valuable from a historical and cultural point of view are the frescoes of the 13th century, preserved in the lateral apses of the Cathedral.