Church of the Holy Cross, Nin

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Church of the Holy Cross
Crkva Svetog Križa
Location Croatia Nin, Croatia
Denomination Roman Catholic
Style Pre-Romanesque

Church of the Holy Cross (Croatian: Crkva svetog Križa) is a Croatian Pre-Romanesque Catholic church originating from the 9th century in Nin.

According to a theory from an art historian Mladen Pejaković,[1] the design has an intentionally unbalanced elliptical form designated to "follow" the position of the Sun, retaining the functionality of a calendar and sundial.[1] In its beginning, in the time of the Croatian principality, it was used as a royal chapel of the duke's courtyard nearby.[1]

The church is that of a central type, it features the Croatian interlace (or simply "troplet") and a carved name of the Croatian župan "Godečaj".[1]

The church is known under the moniker of "the smallest cathedral in the world",[2][3] but it does not actually contain the seat of a bishop of Nin today.

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  1. ^ a b c d (Croatian) Archived December 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sun" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ (Croatian) - Nin
  3. ^ (Croatian)

Coordinates: 44°14′35″N 15°11′04″E / 44.24306°N 15.18444°E / 44.24306; 15.18444