Sunday morning in Zadar
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Sunday morning in Zadar

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This is how sunny Sunday mornings usually look like at the center of the Zadar peninsula - Forum. It's a perfect place to drink a cup of coffee, surounded by numerous famous buildings of great historical value: church of St. Mary, church of St. Donatus, cathedral of St. Anastasia and the ruins of Roman Forum.

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A: View from St. Anastasia's belltower - south

by Vedran Penga, 10 meters away

View from the top of St. Anastasia's belltower is really astonishing - from the 50 meter high observa...

View from St. Anastasia's belltower - south

B: Inside St. Anastasia's belltower

by Vedran Penga, 10 meters away

View from the top of St. Anastasia's belltower is really astonishing - from the 50 meter high observa...

Inside St. Anastasia's belltower

C: View from St. Anastasia's belltower - east

by Vedran Penga, 10 meters away

View from the top of St. Anastasia's belltower is really astonishing - from the 50 meter high observa...

View from St. Anastasia's belltower - east

D: View from St. Anastasia's belltower - west

by Vedran Penga, 20 meters away

View from the top of St. Anastasia's belltower is really astonishing - from the 50 meter high observa...

View from St. Anastasia's belltower - west

E: View from St. Anastasia's belltower - north

by Vedran Penga, 20 meters away

View from the top of St. Anastasia's belltower is really astonishing - from the 50 meter high observa...

View from St. Anastasia's belltower - north

F: Zadar - Archaeological museum

by Vedran Penga, 30 meters away

Zadar - Archaeological museum

G: In the Forum at St. Donata

by Warren Eckstein, 50 meters away

The Forum at St.Anastasia, Zadar, Croatia

In the Forum at St. Donata

H: Zadar, Archäologiemuseum

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 50 meters away

Zadar, Archäologiemuseum

I: Zadar Cathedral - St. Anastasia

by Vedran Penga, 80 meters away

Zadar Cathedral - St. Anastasia

J: Zadar - Forum

by Vedran Penga, 110 meters away

Zadar - Forum

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