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A.D. 1202 – Crusaders’ siege of Zara
Medieval Zara was one the most promising cities in the Mediterranean. Zara was even a threat to a Venice itself. Pope Innocent III in 1198. called for a crusade to recapture the Holy Land. Crusaders formed a massive army and problem was their transport to the east. Venetians constructed a fleet of war galleys and transport ships for the army, but Crusaders didn’t have enough money so Venetians and Crusaders made a deal. Crusaders will capture Zara, eliminating Venice’s rival and missing part of their debt will be forgiven.
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Some crusaders deserted because of the idea of attacking the Christian city, but Venetian leader Enrico Dandolo persuaded most of them at took a lead.



And so at 11th of November 1202. the most traumatic event in Zara’s history happened.



Zara’s habitants put Christian flags on the city walls and their windows, but nothing could stop Crusaders’ attack.



Although slaves were common oarsmen at that time, in this siege oarsmen were well armed Venetian soldiers.



The horse carriers featured specially designed slings to carry their cargo of horses, and featured a fold-out ramp below the waterline that could be opened to allow mounted knights to charge directly onto shore.







Crusaders’ ships penetrated chains with their metal-tipped rams and wooden crowns at the front of the ships together with ladders allowed them to enter the city.





Zara’s citizens even took crosses into battle but that didn’t stopped blood-thirsty crusaders.















During the siege, 150 siege weapons like trebuchets, ballistas and mangonels were used to bombard the city walls.













Plunder took place, and many of the city’s treasures found their new home in Italy…
















Many of citizens were sacked and some managed to escape…



Crusaders’ attack on Zara was the beginning of the fourth Crusade. After Zara, Crusaders attacked and destroyed Constantinople. After all plunders and sacking Crusaders forgot the holy goal and never reached the Holy Land. Altogether events weakened western empire allowing Ottomans to penetrate deep to Europe. Venice became the biggest force in Mediterranean and Zara never reached fame and glory of that time.

More on the event: Siege of Zara

MOC is created together with my girlfriend Azra and with help of my friends from Croatian LUG Kockice – Luka Kapeter, Gordan Grguric, Zelimir Peris and Dario Dominovic.




Comments

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  October 15, 2011
Nice! I love all the details, especially the knights templar!
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  October 14, 2011
This is absoloutly impressive! ALMOST ALIVE! Great details! Great work! Congratulation, dude, you're really talented!
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  July 11, 2011
Such chaos, such drama and as a creation such beauty.
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  June 1, 2011
The 4th Crusade was a true travesty, and Zara's plight often falls by the wayside due to Constantinople's more well-known and ultimately more strategically significant fate. Kudos to you for bringing attention to this criminal tragedy, and in such a skillfully executed way.
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  May 8, 2011
Outstanding my friend! I have not yet seen anything this amazing. I reminds me of the film "Kingdom of Heaven." Anyway, very good. I like how you cared about detail to the very last inch. The battle on the walls is so epic, and I love the trebuchet! Well done
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  April 19, 2011
Thank Marko For Visiting Our Lego Stadium !!! We Like This ( Crusaders Siege Of Zara ) Creation ... Very Good Job !!! P.S. Stop By & Come Visit Our Lego Pirate Village ... It Is Coming Soon !!! BOK !!!
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  April 17, 2011
I love those cut-out ships...
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  April 13, 2011
Excellent details and action! Superb!
Marko Velic
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Lenard Stipkovic
  April 4, 2011
Love it!
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  April 1, 2011
Wow! The whole creation is awesome, but the walls are the best. I really like the odd angle that makes the moc really cool. Nice job!
Marko Velic
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Gordan Grguric
  March 29, 2011
Pictures are great, details wonderful, and description truly compelling!
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  March 29, 2011
Excellent creation! The details and size are astounding. Great work with the water/ships as well.
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  March 29, 2011
That is awesome, so much detail. Great job.
Marko Velic
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White Knight
  March 28, 2011
such imagination, it really tells a story and the custom uniforms and shields are great
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  March 28, 2011
Fantastic detail and build!
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  March 28, 2011
Really excellent work :D Very detailed and imaginative and realistic...pozdrav ;)
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  March 28, 2011
Awesome work!!! i love the huge number of details... really great creation!
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  March 28, 2011
Fantastic creation.
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  March 28, 2011
Your architecture and build are both stupendous! The designs for the ships, the inside of the Church, and the overall quality of the minifigures make this an amazing build! Good job!
 
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