St. Simeon's Church

Zadar, Croatia

First built in the 5th century, St. Simeon's Church has undergone alterations until as recently as 1980, and some find the terracotta and white exterior disappointing in comparison with the other churches. This 17th-century church is best known as the home of the mummified body of St. Simeon, one of Zadar’s patron saints.

The Chest of Saint Simeon is a rectangular cedarwood sarcophagus in the shape of a chasse, overlaid with silver and silver-gilt plaques, said to hold the relics of St Simon the God-receiver; it is located over the main altar in the Church of Saint Simeon. The chest, considered a masterpiece of medieval art and also a unique monument of the goldsmith's craft of the age, is one of the most interesting works in gold in Europe now under the protection of UNESCO. It was made by local goldsmiths to an Italian design between 1377 and 1380.


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Founded: 17th century
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Michał R. (2 years ago)
Nothing special and you need to be full covered while entering even in the middle of the summer...
Nicolas Pru (2 years ago)
We enter the church. The receptionist does not want us to come home with a small empty plastic bottle. After taking a photo without flash. The latter asks us to erase it in front of him, which we do. Strangely, when it comes to these compatriots, it turns a blind eye.
Josip Podobnik (2 years ago)
In it lies St. Simon, it is special, it does not show off, next to the Roman pillar.
Vinz St (3 years ago)
Everyone who likes to be affronted by the delusional owner should go there. Never again.
Markus Zöcher (3 years ago)
Very unfriendly and aggressive owner. Would never recommend.
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