- Cathedral of St. James (Šibenik): On a raised piazza above the harbor, this Gothic-Renaissance cathedral has a distinctive trefoil facade with a beautifully carved portal. It’s considered to be the masterpiece of 15th-century architect Juraj Dalmatinac. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, it is also notable for its elegant cupola and vaulted roof, which were highly innovative for their time.
- Church of St. Mary (Beram): This chapel in the woods is so small and so remote that you would never notice it if it weren’t in a guidebook. But St. Mary’s remoteness is what protected the eye-popping frescoes that dance on its walls. You’ll need to pick up one of the church’s keepers in Beram and drive her to the chapel in the woods so she can unlock the doors.
- Euphrasian Basilica Complex (Poreč): A must-see sight in this city of superlatives, this UNESCO World Heritage church is the last of four that were built on top of each other. Euphrasius is not just one church, but a series of church buildings, each with its own story. One of the basilica’s premier attractions is its collection of Byzantine mosaics.
- St. Donatus (Zadar): Notable for its unusual shape (it’s circular inside), this monumental 9th-century Byzantine church stands on the Roman Forum. Although no longer used for Mass, its great acoustics make it a favored venue for classical concerts. Like other churches of its era (9th c.), Donatus is one of several buildings in an intriguing clerical complex.
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