After our adventure in the Plitvice Lakes National Park we headed further south until we reached Zadar. This living, vibrant city combines both, old in new in excellence. The old town offers Roman ruins and medieval churches as well as stylish restaurants and bars. Besides, two unique attractions were of special interest for me: the sound and light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation (both are designed by local architect Nikola Bašić).
The Sea Organ is quite unimpressive when it comes to its look: You can only see some holes in the stone stairs by the sea. But underneath the stairs, a system of pipes and whistles make beautiful sounds when the movement of the sea pushes air through it. So depending of the size and speed of ships passing by, the Sea Organ plays unique tones and thereby creates the melody.
Next to the Sea Organ, you can find the Sun Salutation – a wide circle cut in the pavement and filled with mit several solar collectors. During day this installation is also quite unspectacular but from sunset to sunrise the Sun Salutation produce a impressive light show. Besides, the Sun Salutation collects enough energy to power the entire harbour-front lighting system.