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Church. Simeon

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St Simeon's Church was built in the XIV century, but today its form (in Baroque style) found in the XVII century, the first written mention of the Church. Simeon refers to 1190.

Sacred relic and the treasure of the Church is the sarcophagus of the work of the medieval goldsmith with the relics of St. Simeon. This art work was allocated 250 pounds of silver and authorised five Zadar nobles in 1377 signed a contract with the master on the deadlines. The sarcophagus is made of cedar and decorated with silver plated leaves, it is supported by two bronze sculptures of angels. This relic is recognized as a masterpiece of jewelry art. In addition, this work is of important historical value. It perpetuated important to the history of Zadar dates.

According to some historical sources, until the 13th century the relics of Saint Simeon was kept in Constantinople and, according to the images on the sarcophagus, they were transferred to Zadar in 1203. According to the legend, a Crusader, likely a Venetian nobleman, returning from Syria on his ship, was carrying the relics of St. Simeon. But the city of Zadar he was caught in a violent storm, during which he caught a cold, his ship is too badly damaged. Gentleman took refuge in Zadar at the time. While the ship is repaired, the Crusader sheltered hermits, which he said he carries the body of his brother. They buried the relics near Zadar. Despite the efforts of the monks, the nobles became worse and after a long illness he died. The monks found hidden on the chest of the deceased, notes on the miracles of St. Simeon, whose relics he was carrying, and went to the cemetery to find the relics. There they saw the sign, and since then, in Zadar there is the cult of St. Simeon.

The construction of the Church helped make Queen Elizabeth, she was an admirer of the Saint. But there was this political reasons, king Louis I the Great fiercely fought with the Venetians over Zadar, in 1358, according to the signed settlement agreement Zadar finally got the status of a free city.

And in 1380 on the sarcophagus of master Franjo from Milan wrote the inscription in Latin that Elizabeth, the wife of Louis I, out of deference to the free and Holy city conveys the sarcophagus of Zadar, and to rest in him shall the relics of the righteous St. Simeon.