Venetian Fortress

Zadar, Croatia

Forte Fortress is situated east of the monumental Land gate, built in 1567 by the Venetian military commander Sforza Pallavicino. The fortress was separated from the city and from land by defensive moats. Today the Vladimir Nazor Park is situated there. Following the shoreline next to the Forte fortress one reaches the area of Kolovare, where a convex well with head was built in 1546 next to the sea and was used to supply Venetian ships with fresh water.



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Founded: 1567
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Bharathi Mani (18 months ago)
The land gate is the most ornate and prettiest of the gates in Zadar. The Venetian winged lion on the gate is really impressive. It's next to a small arena. For really good pictures/views of the gate enter the city through the gates, take a left and you'll see a park. Climb the steps to get really good views.
1girl 1passport (18 months ago)
The most elaborate of the city gates also has the prettiest setting, facing a sheltered little marina. Dating from 1543, it has Renaissance-style decorations including St Chrysogonus (Zadar's patron saint) on horseback and the Venetian winged lion. The gate is still used by traffic and was clearly meant to impress those entering – the reverse side is decidedly plain. To get a really good view go up the stairs on the side and walk up into the park. Great place to take photos.
zdenko ivanov (2 years ago)
Super site,to make some nice n unique pictures
TheDailyPackers - Travel Couple (2 years ago)
One of the 2 gates that allowed entrance to the city, the other one is the sea gate. Nice to see from the park.
David Smith (2 years ago)
The Land City Gate which dates from 1543 is in a pleasant position next to a harbour. Logically is also next to the City Walls, and leads into the Old Town.
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