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dese2
Auburn, NY3,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I was so glad to see these remains of the Roman Forum. I have seen Roman ruins across Europe but never have I gotten this close. Here you can walk between the stones and even sit on them.
I didn't really see any signs that gave meaning to the area, so I just enjoyed it.
There is no cost to wander about.
Written 28 November 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
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May 2023 • Couples
One of the main attractions in Zadar is the Roman Forum. The Forum in Zadar was built by the first Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian, as witnessed by the stone inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century, when the construction finished. It is the site of the original roman market place although little original pieces now remain save for a surviving pillar of a colonnade which was once the size of a football field.

It was once enclosed by a portico with galleries on the first floor, and under the portico there used to be shops and stalls.

Today, it honestly looks like a graveyard for old Roman columns with pieces scattered throughout the field without nothing really standing. Although there is not really much to see, it is worthwhile to walk through to gain a historical perspective of what the area must have once looked like. Passers-by may inspect the broken stonework, nothing is kept behind glass or under lock and key. But what is really interesting is that you will find many pieces recycled both inside and outside of Church of São Donato.

At the time of its full glory, the Forum was surrounded on three sides by a magnificent portico. Today, it is an inevitable square for strolling and one of the symbols of the city.

As an aside, we really enjoyed our time here, Zadar is one of Dalmatia’s larger cities, but it did not feel that way and has lots of interesting architecture. First settled by the Illyrians, the Romans, then Venetians, heavily bombed during WWII and held under siege during the Homeland War. We only spent two nights in Zadar – in hindsight, we could have used another day.
Written 14 July 2023
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Travelhampster
Middletown, CT88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We spent a late afternoon letting our small children run and play with other children in The Forum. In the evening, it turns into an outdoor hangout spot, much like an Italian piazza.

Come relax and watch visitors and locals mingle amongst the ruins.
Written 28 June 2023
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Anoushka Vladek
Dublin, Ireland54 contributions
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May 2023
Zadar's Forum is the heart of old Zadar, antique Roman centre from which all the rest developed. Walking between these thousands years old pillars and foundations of buildings, one feels like being transported in time - teleported. Should be visited in the sunset!
Written 1 May 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,703 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Not much left of the Roman forum of Zadar. And the old town is a bit underwhelming. A convenient inexpensive parking is next to the pedestrian bridge to the old town
Written 20 April 2023
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Tully G
Texas31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The forum is very cool. Not too much to it, but if you wander around and look at it from different angles, you may be able to imagine what it looked like in its time.
Written 17 October 2022
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK5,450 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Couples
We visited the Forum several times during our week in Zadar. It has a number of historic building attractions. The Archeological Museum, Roman remains and a tourist market are situated here.
Written 10 October 2022
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Travelingjohn123
Peterlee, UK3,057 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Ok - but not impressive forum. I got the impression this was just a collection of random Roman artefacts and not a forum, certainly in comparison to other places I have visited. None of the pillars or stuff on display were particularly impressive but it was quite a pleasant place.
Written 1 October 2022
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Perhaps the most impressive ruins in the Old Town of Zadar is the ancient forum, which is just a short walk from the seafront. Commissioned by the first Roman emperor, Augustus, and built between the 1st and 3rd century, the spectacular square offers a glimpse of early life in Zadar. Fascinating to walk around.
Written 30 September 2022
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lakelover908
Kendal, UK1,145 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is a lovely historical area of Zadar with the Church of St Donat in the background . A great open space to take in the sights including an area of Roman remains.
Written 17 September 2022
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