Friday, January 26, 2007

Nin on Easter morning - Dalmatian Coast

Nin, Croatia: Parishioner, Easter Morning

Easter morning. Meet a parishioner on the walking bridge of the ancient town of Nin, going to St. Cross. The sun had just began to show after downpours at Pag, to the northeast.

She wears traditional dress, black formal wear that we understand is expected for widows, and for occasions: black stockings and shoes, a full skirt, and here she has the babushka and a short black overcoat. Sometimes there is black embroidery. Here, not.

Nin is the oldest Croatian royal town, says see also ://

King Tomislav, who ruled 910-928 (becoming King in 925) had conquered the coastal cities of the Dalmatian Coast, and issues arose as to the sovereignty of the Archbishopric of Nin here and Bishop Grgur. Gregor. Gregor. Gregory. Of Nin. See Tomislav at Bosnia Road Ways, King Tomislav, Capilyn

Nin and the next and larger town, Zadar, are often grouped together in write-ups. Go to the middle of the page for a writeup on Nin. Nin is off the main road going from Pag to Zadar, on the Dalmatian coast. for both Pag and Zadar.

Nin once was a major port and commercial hub in medieval times. I wrote to the priest there and enclosed this lady's picture, but have not heard back.

This is the old bridge where we met her.

Nin, Croatia, bridge

Nin, Croatia: Bishop Gregory, Gregor of Nin

This is Bishop Gregory of Nin, a strong 10th Century Christian religious leader who used the Croatian language in liturgy. See more on Gregory of Nin at He finally was stopped by the Pope, who wanted only Latin used, with the result that the people could not understand.

The feet or hands on many statues of saints, like the large toe of Grigor Nin here, are rubbed bright with the touchings of people with supplications, or just for luck for the rest. The statue is by the sculptor Mestrovic, with the original here (or is the original in Split??) and a copy in the second largest city, Split. See Scupture traditions, Split.

Nin, Croatia: Cathedral, St. Cross, claimed as world's smallest

Nin has the world's smallest cathedral, St. Cross, dating from the 9th century.

For full listings of the major religious buildings in Croatia, including at Nin, see Monuments, Sacred A more detailed accounting of history and Nin, and other statues of Grigor Nin is on a blog at Nin blog

St. Cross Cathedral, Nin, Croatia (world's smallest?)

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