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The Venetian Fortress “Kaštel” in Zadar

Emil Hilje ; Department of History of Art, University of Zadar

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (576 KB) str. 109-116 preuzimanja: 1.387* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Hilje, E. (2011). Mletački kaštel u Zadru. Ars Adriatica, (1), 109-116. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Hilje, Emil. "Mletački kaštel u Zadru." Ars Adriatica, vol. , br. 1, 2011, str. 109-116. Citirano 15.08.2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Hilje, Emil. "Mletački kaštel u Zadru." Ars Adriatica , br. 1 (2011): 109-116.
Hilje, E. (2011). 'Mletački kaštel u Zadru', Ars Adriatica, (1), str. 109-116. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 15.08.2020.)
Hilje E. Mletački kaštel u Zadru. Ars Adriatica [Internet]. 2011 [pristupljeno 15.08.2020.];(1):109-116. Dostupno na:
E. Hilje, "Mletački kaštel u Zadru", Ars Adriatica, vol., br. 1, str. 109-116, 2011. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 15.08.2020.]

The medieval fortifications of Zadar were developed and enriched during the centuries as a consequence of changes in the entire defensive system of the town but also due to the political circumstances. Two main forts stood on opposite parts of the town, one facing away from the sea, next to the entrance from the moat (Foša) in the south corner, and the other at the entrance to the harbour in the north corner of the town.
The information about the original fort next to the harbour entrance, which defended the chain barring enemy ships from entering the harbour, is scarce. However, after the famous Venetian siege and fall of Zadar in 1346, this fort was completely rebuilt and even given a new role. In 1437, the Venetian government decided to pierce the town walls and excavate a moat around the fortification, which would be filled with sea water, in order to create an open space around the fortification facing the town for defensive reasons. In other words, the nearby houses were torn down. In such a way the fortification, rather than being a fort which protects the town from external attacks,
became a fort in which the Venetian crew could, in case of a new rebellion, fight off the attacks from the town itself, receive supplies from the sea, and enable its fleet to enter the town harbour. In this way the Venetian fortification at Zadar became a variant of sorts of ancient citadels which represented the last line of defence in the cases when the enemies reach the town itself, and, at the same time, served as a stronghold of the ruling governments against the town.
The relief of the winged lion, symbol of the Venetian Republic, incorporated in the façade of the ‘Little Armory’, is one of the best reliefs of that type at Zadar, and it can be dated to mid-fifteenth century and brought into connection with a group of artists from the circle of Juraj Dalmatinac.

Ključne riječi
Zadar; Venetian Republic; fortifications; middle ages

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