Three hundred multi layer solar panels shaped as a circle with 22 meter diameter changing colors and shapes randomly. This uber cool array of brightly colored lights is supposed to simulate communication with nature, presentation of all Solar System planets and their orbits.
Greeting to the Sun (Cro. Pozdrav Suncu) is another monument in Zadar that you absolutely have to visit. It’s another one of the beautiful creations designed by a famous Zadar architect, Nikola Bašić.
The fact that he designed not 1, but 2 modern-day symbols of Zadar (Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ) speaks volumes about the contribution and importance of the architect Nikola Bašić.
Greeting to the Sun is located in the port of Zadar, in the west of the Zadar Peninsula, right next to the Sea Organ. Located in this ideal location, it offers a beautiful view of Zadar's islands and the sunset. Since its official opening in 2008, it has become a well-known tourist attraction and gathering place.
The monument represents the solar system in proportional figures, and each planet, including the Sun, is made of solar panels.
It’s because of the solar panels that this complex, also known as the Monument to the Sun, is so special.
Zadar is a city gifted with many warm, sunny days. Solar panels absorb the sun's rays, and at sunset, when it gets dark, Greeting to the Sun starts to shine.
The entire show is a colorful spectacle: each color has its own rhythm and dances its own choreography. In unity they have a hypnotizing effect on their audience, immediately making them smile just by gazing at the beauty before their eyes.
Just like every day's sunset is unique, Greeting to the Sun presents you with a unique colorful show that you could watch for hours and hours.
It is also necessary to mention the Sea Organ, which also plays a big role in this incredible performance. The Sea Organ gives voice to the wind that directs the rhythm of the waves. Then, a mesmerizing sound is created that resembles whale sounds.
Once the song of the Sea Organ joins together with the light play of the Greeting to the Sun, only then is a real show created. It’s one of those that cannot be replicated in any theater. The main actors here are the sea, the wind, the sun and the waves, and everything was staged by Mother Nature.
Zadar is a city that has been of great importance to Croatia since ancient times. This is evidenced by numerous old buildings that remain today as a reminder of the turbulent past that this city went through.
Roman Forum remains as a reminder of its significance during the Roman Empire, along with a rectangular grid of streets dating from that era. Church of St. Donatus, Church of St. Anastasia and numerous other churches also have inestimable historical value and undiscovered secrets of the past are hidden among their bricks.
However, Zadar is not a city that rests on its old glory. Every day, it strives to be better than the previous day, and Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ are proof of that.
Zadar is a city with a turbulent past, a beautiful present and an even more beautiful future.
So visit Zadar and become a part of its story.