Within the structure to the church of St. Mary, or more specfically her monastery, whose property was Heavily damaged during the Second World War a Representative exhibition was formed in 1972 - the Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art, one of the most worth-while exhibitions in Croatia, popularly called "The Gold and Silver of Zadar".

The exhibition "Gold and Silver of Zadar", initiated in 1951 by the Croatian writer Miroslav Krleza, was transformed in 1976 into a permanent display of the Permanent Exhibition of Ecclesiastic Art in the Benedictine Convent of St. Mary in Zadar, one of the first capital buildings of Croatian culture. On the occasion of the exhibition, Krleza wrote one of his best essays, in which he glorified the treasures of Zadar. The gold and silver of Zadar shine on a surface area of about 1200 m2 in 8 modernly equipped halls, including the reconstructed interior of the old Croatian Church of St. Nediljica from the 11th century. Also included are manuscripts, sculptures, embroideries, tapestry, reliefs, etc., as evidence of the rich past of Zadar from the 8th to 18th centuries, as a town which was an important cultural center, particularly in the Middle Ages. Joys, hopes, patience, suffering, and faith of the tumultuous era of this region´s history are woven into the relics and chalices, sculptures, paintings, and embroideries.

This priceless treasure has been preserved by the Benedictine nuns throughout the years, as well as during the Patriotic Defense War, and some valuable exhibit items (lace, church fabrics embroidered with golden threads) were produced by the nuns´ hands. The particular preciousness, charm, and importance of the exhibited items is in the fact that they are, to a great extent, works of the locally known and unknown masters or are closely connected with Zadar and the Zadar region. The Permanent Exhibition of Ecclesiastic Art places Zadar among the great cultural capitals as such a collection of valuable and exquisite religious works of art all in one place can only be seen in the greatest European centers.

Ticket prices for visitors:

For individuals 30.00 kn

For groups 20.00 kn

For students 10.00 kn

Professors - entrance is free!

The price includes guidance through the Permanent Exhibition of Church Art in all languages.

Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art is open to visitors. The tour of the exhibition is enabled:


Mon - Sat

10.00 – 13.00

17.00 – 19.00

Sundays and holidays

10.00 – 13.00


Mon - Sat



Sundays and holidays


On the following holidays Permanent exhibition of church art is opened for public only in the morning hours:

January 15th - Feast of Saint. Anastasia, February 10 - Feast of Saint. Scholasticism, March 21 -spomendan St. Benedict, July 11 - Feast of Saint. Benedict, September 8 - Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, September 15 - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and Good Friday.

More information: web page

Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art is closed on the following holidays: Corpus Christi,  Assumption,  All Saints´ Day and Christmas.

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