This, almost three thousands years old city, surrounded by historical ramparts, is full of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage, being a treasury of archaeological and monumental riches from the ancient and the early Christian period, the Middle Ages, Renaissance to contemporary architectural achievements.
The close archipelago, counting about 100 bigger and smaller islands, 4 proclaimed national parks (Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Kornati Islands and Krka River) classify Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer.
The most famous monument and a symbol of the city, built on the pavement of Forum, is the church of St. Donatus, dated to the 9th century - a magnificent monument of Byzantine architecture, built on the pattern of Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna and Palatine Chapel in Aachen. The famous Chest of Saint Simeon or Saint Simeon's Casket from AD 1380, a cedarwood sarcophagus overlaid with silver and silver-gilt plaques, located in the homonymous church, is considered a masterpiece of medieval art and also a unique monument of the goldsmith's craft of the age.
A modern icon of the city is the famous Sea organ located on the Zadar waterfront. The movement of the waves runs air through 35 tubes, creating a natural symphony. The same artist also created the nearby Greeting to the Sun, a large disc of solar-powered cells. Be sure not to miss the Zadar sunset accompanied by the concert of the sea, and the harmonically changing colours of the Greeting to the Sun!
The ESIR Isotope Workshop XIII will take place at the University of Zadar. The reception and the opening ceremony will be held in the central University building (red mark, Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV 2), while the conference sessions will be organized in the multimedial hall of the New campus (green mark, Ulica Franje Tuđmana 24).
Position of University of Zadar, Central University Building (red mark) and New Campus (green mark).
Zadar, as tourist center of the northern Dalmatia, offers a variety of hotels, hostels and appartments of different classes.
Our recommendation is new and nice budget-friendly Hotel Porto, or alternatively, closer to the venue, Hotel Kolovare. However, low-budget hostel accommodation is also available - e.g. The Hostel or Boutique Hostel Forum.
Please note: Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. Reservations should be made directly to the hotels.
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