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Donatus of Zadar

Saint Donatus of Zadar
Born Louth, Ireland
Died ~811 AD
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrine Cathedral of St. Anastasia
Feast February 25

Saint Donatus (second half of 8th century Zadar – first half of 9th century) was an Irishman who became a Dalmatian bishop and a diplomat for the city of Zadar. His feast day is celebrated on February 25.

Donatus is mentioned in Frankish annals from 805 as an ambassador of the Dalmatian cities to Charlemagne in Thionville. Donatus began construction of a cathedral at Zadar to be called The Church of the Holy Trinity. The cathedral was finished in the beginning of the 9th century and in the 15th century. Its name was changed to the Church of St. Donatus.[1]

Donatus's Church

The church is the largest Pre-Romanesque building in Croatia, and was built upon the ruin of the old Roman forum,[2] part of the forum's foundations can be seen today.

The marble sarcophagus in the cathedral preserves the relics of the Sirmian martyr St. Anastasia with an inscription dating from Donatus' time. According to tradition, St. Donatus brought the relics to Zadar from Constantinople, when he was there with the Venetian duke Beato. They had been ordered by Charlemagne to negotiate the border between the Byzantine Empire and the Croatian territories that were under the dominion of Charlemagne's Frankish Empire.

Donatus died around 811, and was buried in his Church of the Holy Trinity (today the Church of St. Donatus). After 1809, following the French occupation of Zadar, his bones were transferred to the Cathedral of St. Anastasia where they lie to this date, and mass has not been celebrated at the church for around two centuries.


  1. ^ "Zadar Attractions". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "St Donatus’ Church". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
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