The best-known of the gates along the walls that ring Zadar is the Land Gate, once the main entrance to the city. If you only have time to see one of the gates—the Sea Gate, the Bridge Gate and St. Rocco's Gate are other popular stops—this is the one. It's located by the Foša harbor with views of the water, and was built by the Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli in 1543. The huge triumphal arch and two side arches are decorated with images of Zadar's patron saint, St. Chrysogonus, and the winged lion of St. Mark hovering over the central arch is a reminder of Venice's long rule of the city.
By Gretchen Kelly, AFAR Local Expert