The Sea Organ in Croatia turns the ocean into hauntingly beautiful music

Sea organ in Zadar, Croatia
Flickr: Min Zhou

Most people find the sound of waves lapping the shore relaxing and the soft repetitive noise definitely has a calming effect on the human mind. However, here in Zadar, on the shores of the beautiful Adriatic Sea, you will find a 230-foot-long sea organ that turns the rhythm of the waves into real music.

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Called a Sea Organ or Morske Orgulje, it consists of channels dug into a huge set of white steps that run down to the sea. These connect to 35 precisely tuned organ pipes, and as the waves rise and fall, the water forces air up to the surface where the sound is loud enough to hear.

While listening to the soothing melody you know that the exact notes and harmonies are completely unique to that moment, the ocean is creating a never ending random set of musical arrangements.

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Sea organ in Zadar, Croatia
Flickr: Michał Kołodziejski

It was designed in 2005 by a Croatian architect, Nikola Bašić, who wanted to bring some beauty back to the shores of Zadar, one of the oldest cities in the world. After World War ll the city was left in ruins, and the rushed re-building projects left the streets filled with a lot of plain concrete blocks.

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Sea organ in Zadar, Croatia
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Perhaps his idea was based on the ancient Greek Hydraulis, which used water to force air through different sized pipes, creating a similar effect. This same contraption also inspired the ‘Wave Organ’ in San Francisco, which was designed in the 1980s to amplify the dramatic crashes of the Atlantic.

Sea Organ: 23000, Zadar, Croatia

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