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History of Zadar



You have arrived in Zadar hoping for a great vacation, lots of sightseeing and new adventures. Well, that is just what you’ll get! Here at Majpruz Suites, we suggest starting with getting to know the history of this beautiful ancient city.


Zadar, a three-thousand-year-old town built in the heart of the Adriatic, has been ruined, plundered and destroyed many times. However, what separates it from others is that it continues to get stronger and more beautiful.


Originally named Jader, obtained as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburna, and then Idass, Jadera, Diadora, Zara, today we call this ancient place, Zadar.


The peninsula, “Polu Otok,” is the heart and soul of the city which was gained during the reign of the Romans in the middle of the 2nd century, and next to it and the main square - the Roman forum. In the 7th century, Zadar became the administrative center of the Byzantine Province of Dalmatia, and it kept this role until 1918. At the beginning of the 9th century, Zadar was home to the Bishop of Donatus and Byzantine leader Paulus, during which time the church of the Holy Trinity was built on the Roman forum.


History shows the 15th and 16th centuries are chock full of Croatian writers developing in the national language, such as Petar Zoranić, Šime Budinić, Brno Krnarutic, and many others.

After World War II and being ruled by Venice, Austria, and France, Zadar was finally recognized as part of Croatia within the Federation of Yugoslavia. With the Croatian exile from Yugoslavia in 1991, Zadar became and remains a preserved monument of different historical times and cultures that will continue to breathe for many years to come.

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