City history

First time mentioned in the mid 10th century, Biograd on the sea was given the role of the seat of Croatian kings and bishops in the following century.

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The period of its greatest flourish reached its peak when the city became the residence of the medieval Croatian emperors. In 1102 the Croato-Hungarian king Colomanus was crowned there. Numerous artefacts of the tumultuous and rich history of the Biograd region were stored in the especially interesting Regional Museum.

Biograd is a relatively small maritime city. Nevertheless, it has a rich historical background reflected in the Christian ecclesiastical buildings such as the parish church of St. Anastasia (1761), the early Romanesque church of St. Anthony (13th century) and the church of St. Rocco (16th century). Of all the ancient buildings that once existed in Biograd, only the basilica of St. John (11th century) has survived the Venetian devastation in 1125. Still, on the neighbouring island of Pasman, an 800-year old Benedictine Monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian (1125) stands alongside the Franciscan Monastery of St. Damian dating back to the 16th century.