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Zadar: Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ

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I’ve noticed that many of my friends on Facebook were very interested in our pics that we took by the Greeting to the Sun in Zadar.  So I thought I’d talk a little more about this particular attraction, and it’s neighbor, the Sea Organ.  Both were designed by architect Nicola Bašic.  Here’s a link to a great website giving all the details about both attractions, but I’ll also touch on some of the facts here in this post.  http://www.find-croatia.com/zadar/greeting-sun-sea-organ.html

The old town section of Zadar is built on a peninsula that runs parallel to the mainland and looks out onto the Adriatic Sea.  Both the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are located at the end of the peninsula.  Here’s a photo taken from the mainland looking at the Old Town peninsula…

Zadar-Croatia

Zadar-Croatia

The Greeting to the Sun is actually made up of 300 glass panels with solar modules underneath them.  So during the day, light is absorbed from the Sun and converted into energy.  That energy is then used to power the lights of the attraction and the entire area around it.  During the evening and night, the Greeting to the Sun undulates with different colors and patterns, emulating the movement of the sea.  Even into the very late hours of the night, you will find people playing, sitting, running, and taking pictures at this unique work of art.  There is a long section of benches along the edge of this particular area, but be warned – the sprinklers kick in once in awhile and you just may get wet!  (Quick reflexes kept us dry!)  Laws in Croatia allow you to have open bottles of alcohol in public areas, so this is a great place to sit and enjoy a drink or two.

Just next to the Greeting to the Sun is the Sea Organ.  Under a series of steps leading down to the sea are 35 pipes of varying length, which play various pitches and chords as the waves of the sea push water and air through them.  The result is an incredibly soothing improvised musical performance.  Larger waves create louder tones, but the result is always a full range of dynamic tonal contrasts that is ever changing.  We enjoyed spending time sitting on the steps of the Sea Organ, just talking and drinking.

Here are some pics taken at the Greeting to the Sun:

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

Greeting to the Sun, Zadar

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

2 thoughts on “Zadar: Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ

  1. Pingback: Exploring the Zadar Area « JenSop: The Singing Travel Agent!

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