The Baptismal Font of Duke Višeslav



The Baptismal Font of Duke Višeslav the first Croatian Duke who reigned around 800 is one of the most important monuments of church furnishing. This hexagonal stone vessel is witness to the time when Croats were Christianised, and during the Christianisation worshippers were baptised in it. The replica, can be found in the Museum of Nin Antiquities while the original is kept in the Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments in Split.

Around the edge of the six-sided Baptismal Font, there is an inscription which reads: „This font receives the weak to enlighten them. Here they are purged of their sins which they received from their first parent, in order to become Christians, salutary confessing the Eternal Trinity. This work was skilfully made by priest John at the time of Duke Višeslav, out of piety but to honour Saint John the Baptist, to mediate for him and his protégé“. On the font there is carved cross with a three strand plait which suggests the symbolism of the Resurrection.
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Medicinal mud

Did you know that in Nin there is the largest site of the medicinal mud in Croatia with 120,000 m3 of surface? Therefore, in 1960. Nin was registered at The Academy of Medical Sciences of Croatia as a thalassotherapy health resort and site of the sea peloid in North Dalmatia with a summer clinic in open for the bath therapy. The peloid – medicinal mud is located in the middle of the Lagoon of Nin, near the longest sandy beach in Croatia, the Queen's beach. Its beneficial and positive effects on human health have been recognized even by ancient Romans. Under the medical supervision therapy is held in July and August.

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