The Church of the Holy Cross, Nin

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Church of the Holy Cross is a Croatian Pre-Romanesque Catholic church originating from the 9th century in Nin.According to a theory from an art historian Mladen Pejaković, the design has an intentionally unbalanced elliptical form designated to "follow" the position of the Sun, retaining the functionality of a calendar and sundial. In its beginning, in the time of the Croatian principality, it was used as a royal chapel of the duke's courtyard nearby.The church is that of a central type, it features the Croatian interlace and a carved name of the Croatian župan "Godečaj".The church is known under the moniker of "the smallest cathedral in the world", but it does not actually contain the seat of a bishop of Nin today.
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  • This church is located in a beautiful ground full of old roman antiques stones. The space is open and free to entre. The church is very old dated IX century. In a sunny day like in the picture the pla...  more »
  • Reputedly the smallest cathedral in the world this is a tiny, historic building in the ancient town of Nin. Looking at the design of the windows it is to allow light through at different levels/times ...  more »
  • There are many churches in this part of Croatia that are similar to this one, but this was the only one we could get into it. It's really surreal, the small windows, the thick walls. You can really imagine yourself being there in the middle ages.
  • Beautiful tiny cathedral. The smallest in the world I think. Located and preserved in lovely Nin.
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