Church of the Holy Cross

Nin, Croatia

Church of the Holy Cross Crkva svetog Križa) is a Pre-Romanesque Catholic church originating from the 9th century in Nin.

According to a theory from an art historian Mladen Pejaković, the design has an intentionally unbalanced elliptical form designated to 'follow' the position of the Sun, retaining the functionality of a calendar and sundial. In its beginning, in the time of the Croatian principality, it was used as a royal chapel of the duke's courtyard nearby.



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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Travelling Hopper (9 months ago)
Free and open space to visit this historical church, not far from city gate ( backside of nin) and then you can walk around the city wall while touring whole city with sea view.
Anna (2 years ago)
It's great to see this church/cathedral in Nin. Historical church is quite interesting.
Cristian Vancea (2 years ago)
Believe or not this church it is considered the smallest cathedral in the world.
Michal Patarák (2 years ago)
The smallest cathedral in the world. This is the nickname of this small pre-Romanesque building from the 9th century, the Church of the Holy Cross in Nin. It is a clumsy church on the outside (the walls are 57 cm thick) with a really small space inside, originally used for the duke and his court. However, it has a huge piece of mysticism in it, not only for its ancient history or pre-Romanesque style in the middle of ancient remains, but also because it served as a solar calendar and according to where the sun's rays fell inside, medieval people allegedly knew what day it was. Such a medieval stonehenge.
Ivan Rinčić (3 years ago)
Great place for visit over summer!
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