Roman Forum of Zadar is the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic sea, founded by the first Roman Emperor Augustus, as shown by two stone inscriptions about its completion dating from the 3rd century. 

Ancient Zadar (or Iadera as the Romans would say) was a Roman colony from 48BC until the disintegration of the Roman empire in the 5th century. After a violent earthquake in the 6th century, the buildings surrounding the forum were destroyed. The still standing elements and stones (then used to rebuild) were retrieved for various buildings.

Most striking is the decorative column marking the western side of the forum. Notice the chains still visible on the column. During the Middle Ages it was the 'pillar of shame' used to punish evildoers.

Continuing on the western side of the Forum, you come to the remains of the Capitolium which was an important temple consecrated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

To round out an appreciation of Roman Zadar, take a look at Zadar's Archaeological Museum which displays artifacts from the Roman period as well as a scale model of the original Roman forum.

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Founded: 1st century AD
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Perpetuum Mobile (4 months ago)
View from the tower.
Piotr (5 months ago)
Nice place.
Ivana Sošić Antunović (5 months ago)
Beautiful ancient square
G (6 months ago)
You can walk past the ancient stones. Take some pictures but I miss the story or something extra. Just visit it when you're walking past. Not too special you're used to travel.
Mike Scherzer (2 years ago)
Worth taking a few minutes to look around.
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