Nikola Basic’s baby, the sea organ, is the most famous attraction in Zadar. 35 underwater pipes stretching across 70 meters, swallowing air from the waves, making the perfect sound, while you sit and watch the sunset over the sea.
When music and architecture come together, combined with the hands of an artist of extraordinary talent, the Sea Organ is created. Some say that the Sea Organ is the way the sea gives voice to the wind: the wind conveys its thoughts with its tireless blowing, while the waves transform them into notes, creating a harmony of sounds.
Bliss for your ears.
The Sea Organ is an architectural marvel of Nikola Bašić, which has been charming passers-by with its song every day since its official opening on April 15, 2002.
Whether you are a tourist in Zadar, a casual passerby, or you live there, you know that the Sea Organ is an attraction that should not be missed in Zadar.
It is a musical object that creates soothing sounds by the blowing of the wind. Its creator, Nikola Bašić, conceived it so that 35 pipes of different lengths, diameters, and slopes were placed at the level of the lowest tide.
Once the wind dies down and starts carrying the waves, the Sea Organ steals the show with its mesmerizing song. Just as every wave that hits the shore is unique and unrepeatable, the Organ sings a unique song every day, never repeating the ones before.
They resemble stairs that lead to the sea, with a whole well-designed system that is responsible for this beauty at the bottom.
Next to the Organ, there’s the famous Greeting to the Sun; a monument from Zadar that shows the solar system with glass panels. During the day, the panels absorb light, only to glow at night to present you with a fairy-tale-like scene.
Just imagine the sunset Zadar, it isn’t so famous for no reason:
On the podium, there’s a play of light emitted by the Greeting to the Sun. Each color is dispersed differently; each has its own rhythm, its own choreography, with the Sea Organ conducting the melody in the background.
The Organ, along with the Greeting to the Sun, is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Zadar, on the Zadar Peninsula. There are many other attractions nearby, such as the church of St. Donat, the church of St. Anastasia, the Forum, the Museum of Ancient Glass, etc.
If you find yourself strolling through Zadar, don’t miss The Sea Organ.
However, it’s most likely you’ll hear them regardless.
How does the Zadar Sea Organ work?
The architect behind all this, Nikola Bašić, conceived the Sea Organ as a system of resonance chambers that produce new melodies. As the wind blows and the waves dance, it creates a soothing sound similar to a whale song. Few people know that this object is also affected by tides. That is why we can say that the Sea Organ is an instrument played by the wind, waves, and the moon.
Definitely the most unique instrument in the world.
When is Sea Organ open?
The Sea Organ is open 24/7. They are located on the city waterfront and you don’t have to buy a ticket to experience this miracle.
You can just come and enjoy the show.
What's the best way to see Sea Organ?
The best thing about the Sea Organ is that it can be heard at any time of the year. They emit their song equally wonderfully in summer and winter since Zadar is a city where you can always feel at least a light breeze.
We recommend you plan your visit to the Sea Organ around sunset because you’ll get to hear the mesmerizing sounds followed by a beautiful show that will be presented to you by the Greeting to the Sun.
Each of these monuments is unique in itself, and together they form a spectacular duo out of this world.
If you’re planning a romantic date with your significant other, taking them to watch the sunset by the Sea Organs will take their breath away.
The lights emitted by the Greeting to the Sun will start dancing all around, with the hypnotic sounds of the Sea Organ in the background.
Definitely, something you can’t afford to miss! If you’re looking for a sign to visit Zadar - look no further! The Sea Organ is waiting for you.