The first annual Festival of Sun and Light was held in Nin on June 21st 2009. It is a celebration of ancient knowledge more than it is a festival of Sun. The central object of the ceremony is the wonderful 9th century Sv Kriz church in Nin – also known as “The World’s Smallest Cathedral”.
Thanks for the research of late prof. Mladen Pejaković, we are now aware of spectacular knowledge of the ancient architects in combining the important dates and structures of the sacred objects. Sv Kriz in Nin is the best evidence!
The church has been constructed so carefully to enable sun rays to enter the building in particular angles on particular dates so they hit only the specific spots in the building thus acting as a solar calendar. The Summer Solstice was/is one of the most important dates but so are the certain religious celebrations and holidays.
This annual celebration is the best attempt so far to promote astroarcheological heritage of Dalmatia! With Sv Donat, Diocletian’s Palace and many more medieval churches that stand as silent witnesses to the genius of ancient builders, we have merely scratched the surface.
So, see you in Nin on June 21st 2010. At around 5:15 AM…