Monastery of St. Francis Assisi
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Monastery of St. Francis Assisi
The oldest Gothic church in Dalmatia dates back to 1359—and its monastery is even older. Built around 1221, it was home to a Franciscan school and a precursor of the University of Zadar. Although the interior of the church is relatively unadorned, there's a treasury of rare and historic objects and, in the church itself, a 12th-century painted wooden cross and a 16th-century painting of the dead Christ by Jacopo Bassano. There's a small entrance fee, but the early Gothic carvings (in the so-called Floral Gothic style) and the serene atmosphere are worth the price of admission.
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