International Museum Day at the Archaeological Museum of Zadar

Connected to the International Museum Day, the Croatian Museums Society organizes the 23rd educational action in the museum, with this year's topic named The Ship. Within this event, the Archaeological Museum of Zadar chose a Mediaeval vessel from Nin, Condura Croatica, as its main topic, and dedicated their five days long program to it.

At the end of the sixties, at the location called Usta (the mouth), at the entrance to the harbour of Nin, located at the depth of only two meters, two well preserved Mediaeval vessels were found. They were taken out of the sea in 1974, after which the long process of their conservation began. The archaeological excavations were lead by Zdenko Brusić, while the main conservator was Božidar Vilhar. The ships are today on display in the Museum of Nin Antiquities.

The Nin ships were 7 to 9 m long and 1.4 to 2 m wide. They were dated to the 11th century.

The shipbuilder from Betina, Čedomir Burtina, made two replicas modeled on this Mediaeval ships. They are today used for educational and promotional activities and they also partake in traditional sailing boat regattas and festivals in Croatia and abroad.

Five different stories of Condura will be told through lectures, workshops and sailing demonstration.