Sea Organ, Zadar

ZADAR, Sea Organ

If you should be in Croatia please make an extra effort to go north to the old city of Zadar, home to the unique sounds of the Sea Organ.

Alfred Hitchcock visited Croatia in the spring of 1964. Croatia was then part of Yugoslavia. Hitchcock said that Zadar has the world´smostbeautiful sunset, even more beautiful than Key West in Florida.  Hitchcock visited Yugoslavia as the Balkans were working to recover from the horrors of WWII. The seashore was for many years after the war an area covered with simple cement, but that did not stop Hitchcock from experiencing his most beautiful sunset.

About 40 years after Alfred Hitchcock´svisit, the city of Zadar gave free hands to an architect, a genius, who transformed the whole seafront into the most serene place. His ingenious creation of a Sea Organ is one of the most peaceful and emotionally invigorating monuments I have had the fortune to visit.  And still, from the pictures here you can see that it was not even on a sunny day and even so a fabulous experience.

I had the loveliest afternoon in Zadar walking along the seafront, listening to the soothing accords coming out of the“organ”-pipes, humming along. The “organ”is70meterslong,76.5 yards or 230 feet.  There are 35 pipes in seven groups. The pipes are tuned in the same key as traditional singing by men from this geographic and ethnic region.   Chances though, that the same two accord should appear as the same “melody”isabsolutelyminimal.The tones are made by the combination of waves and the amount of air under the marble stones. The amount of air depends on the height of the waves at different times during the day.

If I had several lives I would spend one of them in Zadar, and every afternoon I would go down to the park with the Sea Organ and sit for part of an hour and listen. Not necessarily at sunset. The soothing always-original-melodies would cleanse my soul.

I do wish that Hitchcock could have lived to experience the tunes from the Sea Organ at one more sunset.

Zadar tourist bureau has an excellent website where you can hear the Sea Organ. By the way, Zadar is also the birthplace of Captain Georg von Trapp, famous from The Sound of Music.

Have a great day

S

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