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  • Anoushka Vladek
    Dublin, Ireland30 contributions
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    The heart of old Zadar
    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!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Travelhampster
    Middletown, Connecticut91 contributions
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    Fun spot to hang out in the evenings with kids
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
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    A main attraction and it is free
    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.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
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Aarron
Pula, Croatia129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Its a lovely place its in the centre of Zadar old town so massive history behind the forum. It has loads of old ruins, we were lucky as we managed to get alot of photos and got experiences which you normally have to pay for.
It does get very very busy so make sure you plan around when you want photos we managed to get photos in the evening and the day.
During the evening they do loads of events like mini events which are alot of fun and can see the history behind the forum.

Definitely a must see if you are in Zadar. But your more then likely going to come across it everyday.
Written August 3, 2020
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BharathiMani
Bengaluru, India3,160 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Couples
The town of Zadar is very quant and it's wonderful to spend a few hours walking around the town and taking in the sights. What I really liked about the forum is that it's not cordoned off and is a part of the town. So you can walk very close and imagine a different era. Unfortunately most of the forum was destroyed by an earth quake however a couple of columns still stand. There is one to which miscreants were tied to as a punishment.
Written April 21, 2022
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Anoushka Vladek
Dublin, Ireland30 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 May 1, 2023
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Travelhampster
Middletown, CT91 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 June 28, 2023
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Temer2
Horley, UK1,071 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Forum in the centre of S
Zadar is a lovely and interesting place to walk around. There is nice architecture and ruins to look at and we were told they run events during the evening in the summer. Allowing an hour to walk around would be plenty of time.
Written January 24, 2021
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CandKHampshire
Camberley, UK29 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Couples
ZADAR FORUM
The Forum in Zadar is very close to a wide promenade walkway facing out to the sea. Cruise ships often berth at the end of this promenade. This is quite close to the famous Sea Organ, located at the northern end, but under the promenade. The rising and falling the waves pushes air through tubes to create an organ type sound. Halfway along the promenade and heading into the old town, one comes to the Forum, passing by remains of old walls and footings. Coming into the Forum, a large open square, one sees the St Gonatus’s Church and St Anastusii Cathedral. Well worthwhile a visit but here in the Forum would be the starting and finishing point for any organised walking tour. The cathedral has a tall tower which one can climb for a charge of 15 kuna or 2 Euros. I didn’t climb it as I found it right at the end of a walk around and didn’t fancy the climb. But one would be able to get a fine view from the top over the old town and beyond. Zadar is a interesting old town, good to visit on a cruise. It’s a old town with many attractive lanes, very pedestrianize with many churches and medieval style buildings. An old city wall lies at the back of the town, facing out over the water to the modern town. The old town lies on a hooked land protrusion to enclose a water inlet where ships dock and are moored. A couple of old arch gateways lead through the walls of the town come out to face across the water inlet. From one, a pedestrian walk bridge crosses over the water to the main modern town. The old town can be explored quite well in 2 or 3 hours. Despite this, possibly an organized walking tour could be advantageous to learn about the various buildings and their history. A follow-up individual walk around later, could give one a better understanding of the total layout of the town.
Written December 23, 2014
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dese2
Auburn, NY2,687 contributions
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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 November 28, 2023
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Brian R
Horsens, Denmark746 contributions
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Sep 2020
One of the remaining proofs of the age of Zadar. The remains of the Forum are rather scarce, but there are markings of colums, remnants of building parts etc. Nice and very calm place.
Written September 9, 2020
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Lauren R
Berkhamsted, UK8 contributions
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Nov 2019
Lovely ancient buildings with loads of ruins scattered around, pity some people let their kids climb all over the tombs! Great photo opportunities, we went on a very windy day but still enjoyed the architecture.
Written November 8, 2019
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Marbles20
Calgary, Canada230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Another nice stop on a quick walk around old town. These are authentic old ruins from Roman times. Nicely displayed but I will agree with other reviews - some tourist info or board of info would be helpful in deciphering the pieces. That said there are websites that help and these pieces tie nicely with the excavations and ruins you can see around town.
Written July 12, 2019
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