Founded by Austrian commander Baron Franz Ludwig von Welden in 1829, a passionate botanist and admirer of Dalmatian flora, it was the first public park in Croatia.
Vladimir Nazor Park is not the city´s oldest – that distinction goes the park named after Queen Jelena Madije, built on top of the Grimaldi bastion by Five Wells Square.
Founded by Austrian commander Baron Franz Ludwig von Welden in 1829, a passionate botanist and admirer of Dalmatian flora, it was the first public park in Croatia (the park was opened on the 16th of September, 1829). To create a garden on top of a military object was an unusual move, but one Zadar is eternally grateful for.
The first public park in Croatia, the Zadar Queen Jelena Madije Park on the Five Wells Square, bears a commemorative plaque which was set up as testimony of the opening of the city park 184 years ago.
In the 19th century Zadar was surrounded by ramparts, with city gates that closed the fortifications so that the park on the high fortifications represented a real balcony, a beautiful city view-point.
Baron Ludwig Freiherr von Welden, the military governor of the time, designed the public gardens and arranged them on the highest bastion of Zadar fortifications, opened for the public on 16th September, 1829. During his three-year service in Zadar, von Welden passionately collected plants and established the gardens after which service he lived in Graz (Austria).