Euphrasian Basilica, Croatia Walking Tour
Tour Description: Nestled in the coastal Croatian town of Poreč is the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Euphrasian Basilica. This 6th-century basilica is one of the finest intact examples of Byzantine art anywhere in the world. Built on the site of a 4th-century basilica and 5th-century church, the complex includes a church, atrium and baptistry. Mosaics from the earlier structures are still visible on the floor of the northern nave but it is the glittering wall mosaics in the apse that packs in the crowds. As if by design, Croatia's historical, cultural and natural gems seem to almost be hidden in plain sight and just like their exquisite truffles, this 6th Century Basilica is no exception. Nestled off a small street in Poreč this protected World Heritage site houses some of the oldest and best preserved mosaics in the world. This audio tour will guide you from the ornately decorated arched entrance, through the rich and long history of the site, along the stories told by the finely crafted mosaics covering the interior and towards the baptistery topping bell tower with panoramic views of the port city. So, pop in the headphones, take a stroll along the beautiful Croatian coast and let us transport you back in history to a time when Christianity was just emerging from the struggles against an intolerant and expanding Roman Empire. Tracks on This Tour: 1) Introduction, 2) About the Basilica, 3) Entering the Site, 4) Orientation in the Atrium, 5) Entering the Basilica, 6) The Center Apse, 7) The Apse Ceiling, 8) The Latin Instription, 9) The Annunciation and Visitation, 10) The Altar Canopy, 11) The 5th Century Mosaics, 12) The Baptistery.