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City guards and museum

The City Guardsbulding was built in 1562, and the bell tower was additionally built in the 18th century. The tower has a town clock on it and it has been going constantly ever since 1803. The bigger bell that ticks full hour was brought from the Captain’s Tower (Bovo dí Antona) and the smaller one that ticks quarters of an hour from the neighboring church of St. Lawrence. The first mention of a city clock dates to 1555, and it was located on the Church of Forty Martyrs or St. Barbara’s church bell tower. The National Museum was founded in 1945 and it consisted of Ethnographic and Natural History Department. The Ethnographic collection consisted of more than two hundred different items that were exposed at the City Guards building. It is now mainly used as an exhibition gallery.

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Narodni trg (old town), Zadar 23000


GPS coordinates:
44.114334, 015.227410 (44°06’51.6″N ,015°13’38.7″E)





00385 (0)23 211 198


Size (small/medium/big):


Working hours:
Summer: Mon-Sun 09:00-22:00h;
Winter: Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00h and Sat-Sun 09-13:00h


Adults: 20 HRK (2.60 EUR); groups, children and students: 10 HRK (1.30 EUR)


Required time for sightseeing:
25 min

GPS coordinates: 44.114334, 015.227410 (44°06’51.6″N ,015°13’38.7″E)

Address: Narodni trg (old town), Zadar 23000
City Guard and the Ethnological Museum are located in the old part of Zadar, on the famous National Square, from the Land Gates, there are around 350 meters or 4 minutes of walking away; when you see the clock at the National Square, you have found the building of the Ethnological Museum


If you are driving with a car show this translation to the taxi driver:
Molim Vas da me odvezete do Narodnog trga koji se nalazi se u starom dijelu grada. Ostavite me kod Kopnenih vrata (Foša luka). Hvala!

You must also show to the taxi driver that he must turn on the taximeter:
Molim Vas uključite taksimetar. Hvala!


Additional translation:
Please can you tell me how to find this sight:
Molim Vas da me uputite prema Gradskoj straži, tu je i Etnološki muzej (stari sat na trgu). Oni se nalaze na Narodnom trgu u starom dijelu grada. Hvala!

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