• John Gratto

April 5, 2022 The Katedrala Sv. Stosjie Bell and the Tower of the Church of St. Donatus

There is no need for an alarm clock in Zadar. Every morning at 7:00 a.m. the bells in the Bell Tower connected to the church of St. Donatus, start to loudly chime. About 15 seconds later, the bells from another church join in. The resultant competing bells create a cacophony that can rouse the dead.

As of April 1, the Bell Tower has been open to the public. This afternoon, I paid 15 Kuna for the privilege of walking to the top of the 65-meter tower. I had considered doing it last Saturday, the first day that I had noticed it was open. But the town was filled with tourists, so I decided to wait until today, thinking that there would be far fewer people going up the tower. That was a good decision because, today, I was the only one who hiked up the stairs and I enjoyed the view for about 20 minutes, all by myself.

The Church of St. Donatus and the Bell Tower behind the Roman ruins about 500’ feet from my apartment

In the interior of the Bell Tower, looking down on the 5 bells within it

Looking down onto St. Donatus Church and the Roman ruins.

The view from the top over wonderful views of Old Town Zadar, the Adriatic Sea and the Velebit Mountains. The Old Town shows much evidence of its past occupation by the Roman Empire. From the top of the tower, I counted nine steeples of Catholic churches, all within about one square mile of each other.

Kalelarga Street, the main street in Zadar, from the Bell Tower. I live near the bookstore at about 9:00 in the picture