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Renovation works on the waterfront
There are construction and renovation works in progress on Zadar waterfront, from the pier to the Sea organ, in the length of 203m. Paved area and part of the coastline have been fenced off, and it is planned to extend the works to the gravel part of the waterfront (along the green islands). So far, the dismantling of the stone in front of the University building and part of the underwater works have been completed. It is planned to complete the dismantling of the stone on entire waterfront by the beginning of the summer, and in order not to disturb the tourist season, heavy machinery will be withdrawn during the summer. After the summer season, Zadar Port Authority will start extending the pier by 15 meters.
Bronze model of the city on the City walls
A large model of the historic core of the city of Zadar cast in bronze was placed along the new promenade on the City walls. The model is 75 centimeters high, three meters long and about a meter and a half wide. It shows the Zadar peninsula, and the sound of the Sea Organ can be heard through the built-in speaker. The author is the academic sculptor Damir Mataušić, and it is made of brown patinated bronze, while the surface is made of polished aluminum. The goal of setting up the interactive model of the city was to promote the UNESCO-protected immovable cultural heritage of the city of Zadar, the City walls of Zadar Rebellions. The content presented by the model is adapted to blind and partially sighted people, which also makes the sculpture accessible to people with disabilities.
Smart parking sensors
In the city of Zadar, more precisely on the parking lots in the old town, the installation of parking sensors has begun. These sensors will help citizens and tourists to see at any time through the app how many parking spots are occupied and how much is left. With the app and smart sensors, the city wants to solve the problem of parking in the peak season. It is planned to install sensors on a bit more than thousand parking spots.
663rd anniversary of the signing of the Zadar Peace Treaty
Zadar Peace Treaty was concluded on February 18, 1358 in the sacristy of the church of Sv. Francis in Zadar, with which Louis I returned the whole of Dalmatia under his rule, and the Venetian Republic renounced possession of the entire Dalmatian mainland and all the islands from Kvarner to Durres.
The Venetian doge also renounced the title of “Croatian and Dalmatian duke”. With Zadar Peace Treaty, for the first time after King Zvonimir, the Croatian coast with all its islands was liberated from Venetian rule. In the Monastery of St. Francis, February 18, 2022 marked the 662nd anniversary of the signing of the Zadar Peace Treaty. City music, king and queen, Zadar majorettes, folklore groups with traditional clothes and school children participated in the festive program in the churches of St. Francis and St. Simeon.
Restored Musapstan, protected wood
The Musapstan forest near Zadar is a rare example of a preserved forest in Dalmatia. The forest has been a favorite place of recreation for many residents of the city of Zadar, and with the renovation it will surely increase the number of its visitors. Outdoor fitness equipment has been set up at the training ground as well as children’s playground with facilities for children and a “green classroom” have been arranged. Although this area is home to one of the largest, oldest and best preserved pine cultures, it was decided to allow citizens to use the area in the hope that the individual will come to terms with the space and preserve and care for it as much as possible.