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University of Zadar
International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar
Archaeological Museum Zadar
Museum of Ancient Glass
City of Zadar
City of Šibenik


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ARS NAUTICA Institute for Maritime Heritage
NOVENA Ltd. Digital Media Studio
Diving Centre FOKA
Terra Travel Agency


Zadar County
Zadar City Tourist Board
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University of Zadar

The University of Zadar was founded in name in 2002, but it is known for its centuries-old university tradition. It originated with the higher education institution Studium generale, founded by the order of Dominicans in 1396, later known as Universitas Iadertina. That institution was active from 1396 to 1553, consisting of two faculties, the lower and higher-level studies of Philosophy and Theology, and offering the highest levels of university degrees, including the doctorate.

Today, the University of Zadar is the largest integrated University in the Republic of Croatia, featuring 25 university departments. With a total number of 6000 students, the University performs studies on three levels: undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate, with activities at four separate research centres.

The University of Zadar cooperates with numerous Croatian and foreign institutions and academic associations, through membership in international organizations and community groups, and through cooperative contracts with other universities.

Special attention is given to the cooperation with local and regional communities through preparation and execution of joint projects, participation in the creation of strategic development planning documents, and the development of various civic partnership. The University organizes a variety of activities with the aim to popularize science, encourage research, and support the sustainment of cultural and natural heritage.


Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology, established in 1956 within the Faculty of Philosophy, is one of the oldest departments at the University of Zadar. The Department was founded on the legacy of archaeological excavation performed by pioneers of Croatian archaeology and the abundance of archaeological sites in Northern Dalmatia.

With respect to coastal, maritime, and underwater archaeology, the Department has executed research activities on some of the most remarkable terrestrial and underwater sites along the Adriatic coast. In the past fifteen years, the Department has sponsored numerous excavations focusing on Adriatic seafaring, naval architecture, and coastal settlements, establishing fruitful collaboration with numerous international universities and organizations.  In addition to the 16th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology, the Department of Archaeology has hosted important international archaeological conferences, including the 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) in 2007, and the 2011 International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA 4) conference entitled Managing the Underwater Archaeological Heritage.

International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar (ICUA Zadar) was established in 2007 within the Croatian Conservation Institute. In 2009 ICUA Zadar became an independent public institution and gained the status of UNESCO Category 2 Centre.

The main purpose of ICUA Zadar is to carry out educational activities in the fields of exploration, conservation, and restoration of underwater cultural heritage. The Centre is active in promoting the ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage (2001) by developing and sharing good practices and supporting capacity-building, training, and knowledge exchange on regional and international levels.

It is tasked with the missions of developing international professional and research collaboration and education in the field of underwater archaeology while presenting and popularising underwater cultural heritage among the public at large.

The Archaeological Museum in Zadar

The Archaeological Museum Zadar was established in November 1832 as part of a general museum of natural goods, industrial products, and antiquities. It became an autonomous institution in 1880. In 1974, the Archaeological Museum moved to the purpose-built premises in front of the ancient Forum, where it stands to this day. The Museum of Nin Antiquities, located in the nearby historical town of Nin, is a part of the Archaeological Museum in Zadar. The Museum also manages St. Donat’s church in Zadar.

The Archaeological Museum in Zadar collects, keeps, studies, and displays archaeological items mostly from northern Dalmatia. Today it is a modern institution with well-equipped restoration workshops, depots, research departments and a library. Since its founding – almost 200 years now – the Archaeological Museum has been relentlessly accomplishing its mission: preserving the identity of the area and community it belongs to and cooperates with.

There are more than 100,000 various items displayed in Zadar’s Archaeological Museum from all cultural and historical periods. The Museum features three permanent exhibitions:

  • The permanent prehistoric exhibition, created in 1975 and located on the second floor. Items from historical and cultural periods ranging from the Old and New Stone Ages and the Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages to the end of prehistory are displayed in chronological order, covering the time span from approximately 40,000 BC to the beginning of antiquity and recorded history.
  • The permanent exhibition of Roman Antiquity, created in 2014 and located on the first floor. Chronologically, this exhibition spans the time from the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century BC to the Migration Period in the 6th century AD.
  • The permanent medieval (Old Croatian) exhibition, created in 1974 and located on the ground floor. This exhibit presents the archaeological evidence from Zadar and its surroundings from the arrival of the Slavs/Croats to these parts in the early 7th century to the Croatian dynasty in the early 12th

Each collection contains numerous valuable items from all over northern Dalmatia, Zadar’s archipelago, and the islands of Rab and Pag that illustrate the everyday life, spirituality, and artistic achievements of various cultures.

The Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar

The  Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, located in a renewed historic Cosmacendi palace from the second half of the 19th century, is a specialized archeological museum and a center of study of ancient, primarily Roman-era glass finds. The permanent museum display contains over two thousand glass objects which illustrate the everyday use of glass in households, the importance of glass in the production of cosmetic and medicinal substances, and the use of glass containers in funerary rites. The production of glass jewelry and trade exchange is presented over a relatively broad chronological range from the 1st to 4th centuries AD.

In the Museum there are two glass-working workshops and a glass-blowing workshop for making glass objects. The possibility of direct access to the process of making various glass items, as well as direct communication with glass masters, is certainly one of the most important and attractive offerings in the museum.

City of Zadar

The City of Zadar is a local public authority with 13 administrative departments. The city itself is situated on the Adriatic coast and counts more than 70,000 inhabitants. The administrative area of the City of Zadar includes the town of Zadar and four nearby settlements, as well as eight islands. Fields of interest which are under the jurisdiction of the City include: culture, sports, social welfare, education, spatial planning and construction, and other works in accordance with special laws.  Its mission is responsible and efficient management of public affairs as well as transparent work in accordance with the interests and needs of its citizens.

The City of Zadar is founder of four local cultural institutions: the Zadar City Library, the Research Library of Zadar, the Zadar Concert Office, and the Croatian National Theatre of Zadar. With these institutions the City of Zadar co-organizes many influential local festivals with international character. The Department for Culture and Sports provides administrative and organizational support for many of these festivals. Moreover, the City of Zadar is an active participant in the field of transnational and cross-border cooperation, with a long tradition of cooperation with numerous foreign local governments and international organizations.

City of Šibenik

The city of Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast and is the cultural, educational, administrative, and economic center in Šibenik-Knin County. The administrative area of the city encompasses 405 square kilometers with a population of 46,000 inhabitants. The city government conducts all executive tasks for local authorities. In its framework of ten administrative departments, 130 employees take care of the economy, entrepreneurship, protection of the natural environment, culture, sports, spatial planning and building, communal infrastructure, and other functions.

The city of Šibenik has founded 19 companies and institutions which have special importance for further development and advancement of the local community. Independently or through related institutions, it is the host of various cultural, scientific, and other events of international importance. Šibenik is a required destination for visitors from all around the world. The city of Šibenik has signed charters of town twinning and friendship with seven European and nine Croatian cities.