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Nin, Croatia is not only a historic town. Together with its surroundings, Nin offers excellent opportunities for vacation and recreation, especially for health tourism. Around Nin are several long sand lagoons, far from the noise, traffic connections and industrial zones, with outstanding micro climatic conditions. The shallow sea, indented into the mainland, has a temperature 2 or 3 C higher than the open sea. Salinity and aerosol are also higher. The seawater is very clear and clean since there is almost no maritime traffic, due to shallowness. Here also are the largest deposits of medicinal mud (peloid) in the Adriatic. Peloid has been used for medicinal purposes since the Roman times. There is a small outpatient department, and rehabilitation programs are offered outdoors in the summer months.
Remains of the ancient settlement on the islet include the remains of a forum, upon which a monumental temple was built in the 1st century. In the later periods of the Roman Empire, the temple had the function of an Augusteum, so it has been assumed that it housed the statues of Roman emperors found in the forum (today kept at the Archaeological Museum in Zadar). Pre-Romanesque remains are represented by a small church of the Holy Cross, with a cross-shaped floor plan and a cupola. It has an adorned stone lintel with the carved name of the prefect Godezav. The inscription with the name of Duke Branimir (second half of the 9th century) originates from the former church of St. Michael, today kept in the church of the Holy Cross.
The present parish church of Saint Anselmo was built on the location of an old Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, whose remains include a side chapel and the reliefs of saints, built-in along the northern portal. Its treasury keeps reliquaries from around AD 800. The main altar of the side chapel features a Gothic sculpture of Madonna with Child. The hexagonal stone baptismal font with the inscription mentioning Duke Viseslav (around 800) originates from Nin; today it is kept at the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split. Parts of the walls have been preserved with the medieval fortification system. The local Archaeological Collection keeps stone fragments from ancient and medieval times.
Not far from Nin, along the road toward Zaton, there is a small pre-Romanesque church of Saint Nicholas in Prahulje (11th century), erected on a prehistoric mound. It has a trefoil ground-plan and a cupola, above which an observation tower was built during the wars with the Ottoman Turks.
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