A visit to old city walls of Zadar

CNC
Added On July 17, 2017

Two more Croatian sites have been included in UNESCO's World Heritage List early this month.
 
CNC visits one of the newly inscribed -- the old walls of the city of Zadar.
 
Croatian coastal city Zadar was once the largest city-fortress in the entire Republic of Venice. The ancient city is full of historical and cultural monuments. 
 
Its walls were built between the 15th and 17th century. Some of the walls and eight gates are still well preserved today. 
 
SOUNDBITE 1 (Croatian): MILJENKO DOMIJAN, Former chief conservator of the Ministry of Culture
"We can see behind the Landward Gate. When it was built, Venetian authorities complained that it costed more than the whole fortress. But this gate is beautiful. It is a master piece of the Renaissance architecture."
 
The Landward Gate is one of the sites that symbolize long history of the city. The central gates were built in 1543 and they are still the main entrance to the old city. 
 
They have one big triumphal arc for vehicles passage with two smaller side passages for pedestrians. The gates are decorated with the Lion of St. Mark, a symbol of the Republic of Venice.
 
SOUNDBITE 3 (Croatian): MILJENKO DOMIJAN, Former chief conservator of the Ministry of Culture
"Zadar finally got this status that it deserves. It means an honor and a recognition for the city."
 
The walls defended Zadar from Turkish attacks during the 16th century. The city survived in part by building a huge water tank.
 
During the Second World War the city was bombed and rich artistic and historical treasures were destroyed. 
 
SOUNDBITE 4 (Croatian): MILJENKO DOMIJAN, Former chief conservator of the Ministry of Culture
"Unfortunately, today more than 60 percent of buildings in the old city are new and they cannot be recognized as a heritage with universal world value. But this historian horizon definitely has such value."
 
With these newly-added sites, Croatia now has 11 places on the UNESCO list.