Nin is another town with famous history and one of the oldest ones on the eastern Adriatic coast. The old town core tells stories of civilizations that have been here and have left their mark: the town was founded by Liburnians in the 9th century B.C. who made it an important naval and commercial centre. There are remains of mosaics and statues dating from the Roman times, and the largest temple in this area which dates back to the 1st century.
The medieval Nin was the political, religious and cultural centre of Croatia – apart from being the metropolis of numerous Croatian rules such as dukes Višeslav, Trpimir and Branimir, and kings Tomislav, Petar Krešimir IV and Zvonimir. Nin was also the Episcopal centre from 9th until the 19th century. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is also known as Croatian Bethlehem. The statue of Gregory of Nin, as well as the pre-Romanesque churches of the Holy Cross from the 9th century and St Nicholas from 11-12th century are must-see sites of exceptional value. There are also the Museum of Nin Antiquities and the Church Treasury with numerous interesting artefacts.