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The Sphinx of Zadar

The sculpture was made in the first half of the 20th century in the park of Villa Attilia in Brodarica neighborhood. The exact year has not been determined to this day, but it is assumed that it was built in 1918. Villa Atillia belonged to the Smirich family, so the construction of the sculpture is attributed to its owner, the Zadar conservator, Giovanni Smirich. The sculpture was built with a combined technique of using stone and concrete, which is clearly visible on its left side, where it was damaged. Namely, a plan and written data on the making of this sculpture have not been preserved.

The sculpture is oriented in the northwest-southeast direction. Its head, which is about 5 meters long and 3 meters high, is oriented to the southeast. Moreover, a shell-shaped pool is placed between the hands of the sculpture, and the sphinx itself was holding a dagger, i.e. a sword that crossed the pool. Today, the sword no longer exists, nor does the relief on the chest that was deliberately stolen.


Manual on the interpretation of heritage has been published

The manual provides an overview of both activities held during the two-day seminar and useful information for the future heritage interpretations.


City of Zadar organized an educational seminar for tourist guides

As part of the implementation of the RECOLOR project, a two-day seminar was held for licensed tourist guides entitled "Interpretation of heritage as a tool for the development of thematic walks". 


Archaeological works on the Sphinx are underway

Exploratory archeological works organized by the City of Zadar as part of the implementation of the RECOLOR project began on Monday, September 7, 2020 at the Zadar Sphinx



Entrance to the park is free for citizens and open all day throughout the year.

Project Recolor

The project is innovative in its ability to deal with both natural and cultural heritage at the same time. It promotes relevant and less known works of art, creates specific itineraries to tour the existing landscapes depicted in these works, develops new tourist offers and promotes the seasonal adjustment of the tourist flow. In this way, the project contributes to the diversification of tourist products and services and improves the quality of the tourist offer with a general vision of sustainable and responsible tourism.