Republika Hrvatska Northern Dalmatia Nin Cultural heritage
Crkva svetog Križa u Ninu ID: 43095-102
Church of the Holy Cross, also erroneously known as "the smallest cathedral in the world", is a Croatian Pre-Romanesque Catholic church originating from the 9th century in Nin. As a "cathedral" is defined as a Christian church which contains the seat of a bishop, and the Church of the Holy Cross never contained the seat of a bishop, the statement about it being "the smallest cathedral in the world" is false and stated purely for the purpose of attracting tourists. 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 wattle (or simply "troplet") and a carved name of the Croatian župan "Godečaj".
The above description and images are used from the article Church of Holy Cross, Nin on Wikipedia, licensed under CC-BY-SA.
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