The Church of the Holy Cross
The Church of the Holy Cross called „the smallest cathedral in the world“ is the most valuable preserved monument of early Croatian religious architecture and one of Nin's symbols. By its position and beauty it dominates the area where it stands. It was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is the only religious object in Nin which has remained untouched since its construction to date. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 metres in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cms thick. It was built on the remains of ancient houses which are visible even today. During the reign of Croatian Kings it served as a Court chapel for the nearby Duke's Court. A number of medieval graves were discovered around the church.
This small church, thanks to the position of its windows and the angle of the fall of light is a kind of calendar, and according to the sun 's rays, the exact date of the equinox and solstice can be determined, which on the first day of summer is the start of an interesting event called „The Festival of Sun and Light“.
Spellbound by its beauty, the famous English architect Thomas Jackson, called it „the smallest cathedral in the world“.
Did you know that in Nin there is the largest site of the medicinal mud in Croatia with 120,000 m3 of surface? Therefore, in 1960. Nin was registered at The Academy of Medical Sciences of Croatia as a thalassotherapy health resort and site of the sea peloid in North Dalmatia with a summer clinic in open for the bath therapy. The peloid – medicinal mud is located in the middle of the Lagoon of Nin, near the longest sandy beach in Croatia, the Queen's beach. Its beneficial and positive effects on human health have been recognized even by ancient Romans. Under the medical supervision therapy is held in July and August.