ORIGINALSOUVENIRS FROM ZADAR By HTUŠ Zadar –Croatia etwnning team
MARASCHINO•The Royal pearl of the Maraska Inc. production crown is, without adoubt, Maraschino - the original and noble liqueur originatingfrom Zadar. At the beginning of the 16th Century, the pharmacists ofthe Zadars Dominican monastery, devised their own recipe andproduced their very first herbal liqueur naming it rosolj (lat. Rossolis). In subsequent liqueur production attempts the original recipewas gradually changed and perfected.•The stem and leaves from young and tender branches of themaraska tree were added into the distilling process in addition to theinitial juicy maraska cherry fruits pulp. So the liqueur was givenanother name Maraschino, the aromatic drink of unusual harmonythat was, for a long time, considered to be a medicinal potion.
ANTIQUE GLASS – HAND MADE The museum is one of the citys newest attractions and rightfully so. Its housed in the 19th century Cosmacendi Palace and has some outstanding views that overlook the Jazine harbour. The museum contains one of the premium collections of Roman glassware outside Italy, with a cornucopia of goblets, jars and vials retrieved from archaeological sites across Dalmatia. Highlights include the delicate vessels used by Roman ladies to store perfumes, skin creams and essential oils. Also look out for glass cups used to celebrate Mass, and dainty flasks in which holy water was stored.
ST. DONAT’S CHURCH – IN GLASS AND OTHER MATERIALS… The symbol of the city of Zadar and the most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages (9th c.). Round pre- Romanesque church which was called the Church of the Holy Trinity until the 15th c., and from that time on carries the name of Saint Donat, by the bishop who had it built. The church was mentioned for the first time in mid 10th c. in the documents of the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos. Today its space is used, due to its extraordinary acoustic features, for musical performances ("Musical Evenings in Saint Donat").
BARKAJOLI – ZADAR’S BRAND For over 800 years they have been connecting the two ends of the port with their small rowboats in any weather conditions, and in so doing have saved the time of their faithful passengers. This tradition has been passed on from father to son for centuries and has survived despite the challenges of modern times. Therefore, they most certainly deserve to be represented by souvenirs!
SILVER SHRINE OF ST. SIMEON, A PATRON OF ZADAR The chest of St. Simeon stands at the main altar of the Church of St. Simeon in Zadar, and is the most valuable work of medieval goldsmithing art in Croatia. It contains the preserved remains of St. Simeon, the beloved patron saint of the city, while scenes of important historical events and the appearance of Zadar and its residents during the Middle Ages have been eternalized on the chest.
REPLICAS FROM THE ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN ZADAR The workshop for restoration and souvenir production began to be developed in 1963, with the arrival of Božidar Vilhar, the conservator of the Archaeological Museum in Zadar, who greatly advanced the workshop with the installation of an electric kiln for firing pottery, and introduced rubber moulds for making plaster casts. Today, along with the other conservation workshops, the workshop for restoration and souvenir production is located in the complex of the former monastery of St. Nicholas. According to the needs of the museum, the workshop carries out protection of archaeological material, along with the cleaning, gluing and restoration of pottery objects. In addition to the restoration of artifacts, the museum also produces souvenirs and replicas that are mostly copies of archaeological material. The workshop possesses almost a hundred varied objects in the form of copies and souvenirs made of pottery and artificial stone.