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Zadar: then and now

A while back, Sasha and I came across a number of historic images of Zadar—mostly old postcards—posted on-line. We thought it would be interesting to seek out the original context of the images and take duplicate photos to illustrate historical changes in Zadar’s urban landscape. Although the city stretches back more than 2000 years and certainly exhibits significant change since Roman occupation, one of the greatest changes resulted from the destruction of Zadar during WWII. During the early 1940s, Zadar was heavily bombed, leaving many buildings completely destroyed. In some cases, new buildings were constructed, while in others, the urban landscape was left open and converted to public squares, parks, and other recreational uses. In fact, much of what is known of the ancient Roman cityscape—including the Forum—was revealed after many of Zadar’s central buildings were destroyed during the war and subsequently removed. Most historic images we found date to the late 18th and early 19th century, and hence demonstrate significant change in the city’s urban space.

Foundation walls of the ancient Roman Forum are now integrated with public space.

Foundation walls of the ancient Roman Forum are now integrated with public space.

Sasha doing her part.

Sasha doing her part.

The Fosa harbor and land gate.

The Fosa harbor and land gate.

A principal street in Zadar.

A principal street in Zadar.

The University of Zadar is visible in the far right of the images.

The University of Zadar is visible in the far right of the images.

The open area reveals foundation walls of the temple in the Roman Forum.

The open area reveals foundation walls of the temple in the Roman Forum.

Central Zadar (Forum area).

Central Zadar (Forum area).

The People's Square

The People’s Square

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St. Donat church and the area of the Roman Forum in central Zadar.

St. Donat church and the area of the Roman Forum in central Zadar.

Pedestrian bridge

Pedestrian bridge

The land gate.

The land gate.

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