Gold Silver Zadar

Zadar is the home of one of the biggest exhibitions of religious art in the region. The exhibition is popularly named the Gold Silver Zadar and it represents one of the most noteworthy exhibitions in all of Croatia. The Gold Silver Zadar is housed in the monastery of the Church of St. Mary in Zadar. The Church and its surrounding were heavily damaged during the 2nd World War and as a consequence of that the esteemed Croatian writer Miroslav Krleža led the efforts to restore the monastery and the Church. In 1951 he initiated the first exhibition of the Gold and Silver of Zadar.  It slowly grew until 1976, when it finally turned into a permanent display and as such became one of the most impressive exhibitions in all of Croatia and the region.

Gold Silver Zadar Via VacationsThe exhibition is housed in the area of roughly 1200 square meters in eight halls. The most impressive hall has to be the renovated interior of the Church of St Nedljiljica which is the old Croatia Church that dates all the way back to the 11th century.

The Gold Silver Zadar exhibits include a vast array of sacral and ecclesiastic artifacts, such as manuscripts, reliefs, tapestries, sculptures and other objects. All of the art originated in the Zadar area, and as such, it is the living testament to the importance of the city from the 8th century up until the 18th century. During that time, Zadar was one of the focal points and cultural centers in this part of Europe, especially during the time of the Middle Ages. The art perfectly encapsulates what was transpiring on this turbulent part of the continent, during one of the most tumultuous eras in human history.

Zadar Croatian travel destination The Gold and Silver of ZadarThe vital part in the preservation of these artifacts was the part of the Benedictine nuns which inhabit the monastery to this day. Through sacrifice and care, especially during to the second world war, for the artwork they have made it possible for today’s generations to enjoy the works of people from that period of time, and in addition to that, they themselves produced some of the artifacts that are on display. Their most notable work is the lace art which is highly esteemed around the world.

The exhibition in Zadar is one of unique ones and as such, it can only be rivaled by the exhibitions that are hosted in major cities around the world, which puts Zadar in the extremely impressive company. The exhibition is something that everyone who visits Zadar should see, as it is guaranteed that the visitors won’t end the stay disappointed but rather impressed with all that is on offer here.

Tickets prices are the following:

  • Adults – 30kunas, approx. 4€ or 4.5$
  • Groups – 20kunas, approx. 2.5€ or 3$.
  • Students and school children – 10kunas, approx. 1.5€ or 1.5$.
  • Professors – free of charge.

Included in the price are tour guides that will take you through the exhibits in all major languages of the world.

Open hours are the following:

  • Summer:
    • Mon – Sat
      • 00 – 13.00
      • 00 – 19.00
    • Sundays and holidays
      • 00 – 13.00
    • Winter:
      • Mon – Sat
        • 10:00-12:30
        • 17:00-18:30
      • Sundays and holidays
        • 10:00-12:30

The exhibition is opened only in the morning hours due to various Feasts on the following dates: Jan 15th, Feb 10th, Mar 21st, Jul 11th, Sep 8th, Sep 15th

The exhibition is closed on Corpus Christi, Assumption, All Saints’ Day and Christmas.


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