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September 13, 2013  in inspiring places

Faded grandeur in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

We visit our little holiday house by the sea that my grandfather built every year. It is part of my childhood memory and now is part of my children’s too. The old walled city of Zadar on mainland Croatia has many beautiful buildings in different states of repair and is laced with Roman and Venetian history.

Faded grandeur in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

Faded grandeur in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

Faded grandeur in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

Faded grandeur in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

On the one rainy day of our holiday we visited the city and popped in to see an art exhibition, where the entrance fees contribute to the on-going restoration. They are in the process of returning it to its former glory but I just loved the faded colours, the grand stairways and the layers of paint and textures of different building materials that had been revealed – and by chance my daughter’s clothes were of a similar tone. Elsewhere there are beautiful un-restored stone balconies and carved stonework amid the modernity, that bring joy to everyday life.

Faded grandeur in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

Ancient Catholic churches and towers remain, and one of my favourite things – the flagstone-paved streets, polished smooth over time by thousands of local feet.

Ancient paving in Zadar, Croatia by Sania Pell

We will have to revisit next year and see how much progress they have made.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Barbara says:

    Croatia is so beautiful, so much history… I will be there next year, as my daughter picked Hvar as her wedding destination. So excited!

  2. Beautiful images of an incredible place, x

  3. Love this look, I’m always on the lookout for textured surfaces and buildings like these. The stairs are fab. Sx

  4. Ljubica says:

    Thank you for saying so many beautiful things about our town every summer. Somehow it makes me look at my hometown from another perspective.

  5. EeStairs says:

    I love the weathered stone staircase, especially the balustrade, it adds a real robust feeling to the build. Can’t wait to see it fully restored, hope they keep it as original as possible!

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Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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