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Zadar's Roman ForumThe most impressive ruins in the Old Town of Zadar can be found at the ancient forum, just steps from the seafront. Commissioned by the first Roman emperor, Augustus, and built between the 1st century B.C.E. and 3rd century C.E., the spectacular square offers a glimpse of life in early Zadar through its temples, porticoes, and colonnades. Walk around to find the remains of a temple dedicated to Minerva, Jupiter, and Juno; frescoes of mythological scenes; and an intact column that was repurposed as a pillory in medieval times.
AFAR Local Expert
about 6 years ago
Some ruins are located far from contemporary cities; Zadar's Roman Forum, by contrast, is right in the heart of town. Constructed by Augustus, it was the site of a temple that was built for the Roman gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The forum was also used in ancient times for gatherings of the town's citizens. Today, it is still very much part of the fabric of the city—a place to meet and relax, cooled by Adriatic breezes. Although the unearthed stones at the site (it was only excavated after World War II) are museum-quality, they aren't off-limits or behind a wall of glass. The ancient past feels remarkably present here.