Structure with steps in a Croatian city uses the energy of the winds and the force of the waves of the sea to transform itself into a giant musical instrument

Zadar, a town on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, is known for its Roman ruins and historic buildings. However, those who visit it also have the chance to get to know a very peculiar place, known as “morske proud” or, in English, “sea organ“.

croatia musical instrument

Photo: Lisa Brideau/ Flickr

croatia musical instrument

Photo: Lisa Brideau/ Flickr

In fact, it is a structure with steps built on the edge of the sea, which uses the energy of the winds and the force of the waves to transform itself into a giant musical instrument. The attraction is huge, with more than 70 meters, and brings together several tourists willing to listen to the musical notes that appear randomly, forming beautiful melodies.

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The structure was built in 2005 by Croatian architect Nikola Basic in an attempt to repair the impacts that Zadar suffered in World War II. Hidden under the steps, there is a system of polyethylene tubes and a resonant cavity that are responsible for emitting the sounds similar to those of an organ. 

Curious? Here's how it works in practice:

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