Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar

Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar

Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar
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Ljubica B
London, UK7,551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
Lovely little monastery, near the seafront, you can hear the sea from this place, they have a beautiful courtyard, the chapel to San Francis is intimate and unique to light a candle cost 5 kunas, the church is beautiful, they have lovely religious pieces of art. The ticket is 15 kunas, 10 kunas and 5 kunas. From adult, child and students… Worth it to enter. They have very clean toilets.
Written 4 October 2021
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SpiritOfViator
Buxton, UK209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
Still an active monastery - one of many along the Adriatic coast - and definitely one of the un-touristy and overlooked treasures of Zadar, St Francis follows a familiar church/cloister layout, with the church older than the cloister (C13th and C16th respectively). Much of the church interior dates from the Renaissance, with the sanctuary chapels by a local mason in the mid-1400s and a side chapel on the N side by a Florentine architect at the end of that century.

Don't be fooled that the church stops at the impressive baroque high altar - go through one of the curtained side arches and you enter the Gothic wooden choir, which is attributed to a Venetian master of the late C14th. There's a rather sentimental but touching C19th fresco backing onto the the wall behind the high altar, showing the artist (one Franjo Drioli) grieving with his children over the death of his wife in childbirth, while angels lead her to celestial delights.

Must-see a room beyond the church and choir is the sacristy, full of finely carved woodwork and impressive chests for the vestments, and dominated by a large wood panel painting from the late C15th by Venetian painter Lazzaro Bastiani. This depicts St Francis's chapel at Assisi in the centre, with the Virgin surrounded by saints and angels above, and earthly worthies including popes and princes below. The detail is fascinating, the overall effect slightly overwhelming. A sacristan monk works from a desk in the middle of the room; his notepad and tatty modern telephone are wonderfully incongruous in this setting.

Off to one side of the sacristy are two rooms full of mainly impressive art and artefacts. Most striking on account of their scale are two crucifixes - one painted and very Graeco-Byzantine, probably C12th, the other early- to mid-C14th, a life-size wooden Christ that is the very embodiment of agonised suffering. Its age and maker are unknown, leaving one to feel the power of the piece without having to consider its place in the artistic canon. Also in the art collection are a richly gilded high Gothic mid-C15th polyptych by a Croatian painter and a striking dead Christ by a mid-C16th Venetian painter.

We strolled into St Francis off the street, because the shady cloister looked inviting through a little open gate. It proved to be perhaps the most surprising and spiritually nourishing sight we encountered in Croatia - and I say that as one who is not a practising Christian.

There is a small entry charge - the cloister can be accessed for free - but don't let that put you off. Go and see it!
Written 11 October 2014
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past-it-punk
Malton, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
we stumbled across this by accident. it was great!! very cheap to go in and the kids were free.... I would recommend it to anyone who visits zadar. It was incredible and inspiring.
Written 17 August 2015
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dgladman888
Melbourne, Australia564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
The Monastery of St Francis of Assisi in Zadar is worth a visit if you like the idea of visiting a church and cloister with a peaceful feeling and an interesting collection of religious art. There were only two other tourists when I was there and most of the time I had it all to myself. Lovely. The curation of the religious art collection is well done, with signage explaining the history and significance of each exhibit.
Written 10 June 2018
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global-traveller48
London, UK546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
The church and monastery is hidden away quite near the Sea Organ - just down a side street, but not visible from the coast. We were the only visitors there and we suspect that no many would find it - unless they had a good guidebook like our (always get the Bradt guides which are fantastic). A little gem of a church and the attached Treasury is well worth visiting too (included in the small entrance fee) as it contains many wery old things.
Written 12 October 2015
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Michelle M
Deepdene, Australia109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Didn’t realise the wrong monastery had come up on my last review! How embarrassing ! Well it is worth a visit here. Well kept collection and the building in this area is extremely well preserved....see previous entry for a big more detail!!
Written 3 September 2019
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Richard D
Kenilworth, UK412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Serenity pervades this place , cool tranquility washes around an astonishing collection of Medieval religious art work. To my mind the most moving piece is a large painting of a grief stricken man and his children prostrate before the funeral bier of his dead young wife . It is a self portrait. The Artist captures his own tragedy on canvass and donates it to the Monastery. In the past I would have regarded this as mawkish now I marvel at the intensity of passion >The mountainous Loss < which is so clearly displayed. There’s also a curious old 1970’s phone which reminded me of my youth and the nervous apprehension I used to feel phoning up young ladies to ask for a date ! Not sure why I’ve told you that but at least you now know I’m human !
Written 5 July 2018
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Sandhya P
India81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
This is a must visit place because its very well decorated and designed place. Its huge and serene. Nice statues, colorful. As soon as you get out of the church, nearby pl look for the souvenir shops and if you can go there before 1 p.m.,you can have a look at the big vegetable market which is very colorful.
Written 3 October 2017
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msmedic911
Patchogue, NY13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
The Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi In Zadar is a wonderful place to visit. It has many artifacts from the 16th C and before in its museum. The paintings are wonderful as is the chapel. It's a self guided tour and short but I think worth the trip.
Written 10 September 2015
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Neko_11
Evanston, IL98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
Our apartment was nearby and the door to the cloister was open so we went in. It is small but simply serene, nothing ostentatious except for the alter. The cloister was small and somewhat empty looking but perhaps the lack of ornate columns, statues, greens and such there was a zen like peaceful feel.
Written 20 October 2014
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