What an unusual superlative. Cathedrals are usually known for their great size and grandeur.
The mere 60 m2 base area of the church of Sveti Križ (Church of the Holy Cross) in Nin, Croatia, is shaped like a Greek cross with a rotunda in its center. The arm of the cross that lies opposite the entrance, which also features a belfry, originally functioned as the presbytery. Except for blind niches, the building nowadays is entirely undecorated.
The size of the building was also not unusual, as an example from another remote region in Europe proves. The Church of St. Lawrence was approximately the same size.
Is the claim therefore credible?
There is no historical proof for the presence of a bishop's throne. Nevertheless, there exists documentation on bishops in this center of power. These bishops must have had a bishop's church. There are no traces of other stone buildings from this period in Nin. The only remaining alternative would have been a wooden church.
We cannot answer the question regarding the correctness behind the statement at the top of this article.
Yet, we grant this honorable structure and the young EU-Member state this title nevertheless.
Translation: Erik Eising (M.A.)