Zadar is a city whose past goes back 3,000 years, when it was first mentioned as a settlement in written documents and historical artefacts. It became a fully urbanized centre during ancient Roman times and remained as such continuously for another two millennia.
Ever since those first records, Zadar has been one of the most important cities on the Eastern Adriatic coast, and an inevitable destination for adventurers, poets and writers. With every step you take, its streets, squares, the seafront, churches and monumental heritage unveil its antiquity and continuity, whereas modern installations show the vision of modernity and inspire new travellers.
Zadar is both, an atmospheric time machine and an open-air museum. Here on display, you will find some of the most beautiful monuments of architecture and cultural heritage of the eastern Adriatic coast. Its city walls are the ancient guardians of this still vibrant historic museum in the open, end they were rightly added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
University of Zadar
Zadar has a centuries-old university tradition, the longest in Croatia, following the tradition of ecclesiastical education, first mentioned in the 10th century. Dominican higher education institution Studium generale, later known as Universitas Iadertina, was founded as early as 14 June 1396. Today, the University of Zadar is the largest integrated university in the Republic of Croatia, which includes 25 university departments.
The University actively encourages the participation of its units in international competitive projects, supports joint studies with foreign universities, and conducts extensive encounters with domestic and foreign representatives of the academic, political and economic communities.
The Department of Archaeology is one of the oldest departments of the University. Since 2012 it provides courses in maritime and nautical archaeology, and offers the opportunity to study the methodology and techniques of underwater archaeological research. It performs a number of fieldwork activities, and is involved in international research projects.
Croatian National Theatre of Zadar
The history of Croatian theater in Zadar extends for almost a whole millennium. The very beginnings of Croatian drama and theater are related to Zadar. The first Croatian medieval liturgical dramas and ritual played here in Latin from the 11th century, marking the origin of Croatian theater. For centuries, the theatrical life of Zadar took place on two planes: one of Croatian and the other of Italian speech.
The capital of Dalmatia got its first real theater in 1783. By the decision of the Zadar Municipal Assembly in April 1992, the Croatian Theater House was constituted. By the decision of the City Council on November 19, 2009, the Croatian Theater House changed its name to the Croatian National Theater.