Stop what you're doing and listen to the Croatian sea organ "Morske Orgulje"
December 25, 2015
Relatively untouched by tourism, Croatia boasts gems all along the Adriatic Sea. From vineyards that dot the Dalmatian Islands to great walled cities like Dubrovnik, and the most awe-inspiring waterfalls tucked away in the hills of Krka, there is no shortage of raw and historic beauty. But get this: in the 3,000 year old coastal city of Zadar, there is an organ that lies at the water's edge that plays music created by the natural tides and water coming in to shore.
It seems that award-winning Croatian architect Nikola Bašić was inspired to redesign the hydraulic- an ancient Greek instrument that used water and air to create sound out of pipes- and put it along Zadar, which was destroyed by World War II and is still being rebuilt.
This design of the Sea Organ or "Morske Orgulje" is fascinating, but what makes it so mesmerizing is the music it makes. The organ looks like steps that enter the ocean, but each stair has specific pipes inside. When the water laps against the steps, water enters, expells air, and hauntingly beautiful music is composed.
No note or "piece" it plays is ever or will ever be the same. One tide may bring something slow and calm, the next violent and dramatic. Take a listen to what the Morske Orgulje has created.