Category Archives: Croatia

Croatia – UNESCO WHS – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park contains a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These have been formed by processes typical of karst landscapes such as the deposition of travertine barriers, creating natural dams. These geological processes continue today.

Croatia – Veliki Tabor

Veliki Tabor is located in Desinic – Krapina-Zagorje County, a pleasant and enjoyable daytrip (57 KM) from Zagreb. Today Veliki Tabor Castle operates as a museum, displaying antique medieval weapons and tools.
Veliki Tabor Castle is what you think of when then think of a castle, its appearance, its massive fortified walls, its location, build on top of a hill (approximately 330 meters above sea level), this magic medieval fortified castle is complete with turrets and towers. The walls incorporate four towers which surround the main section of the castle.
Construction of Veliki Tabor is said to have started in the 12th century, various sections of Veliki Tabor Castle have been dated to different centuries, the most like explanations would be that the castle was either expanded from the original or repaired due to attacks over the centuries. Castle Veliki Tabor is situated approximately 330 meters above sea level and and occupies approximately an astonishing 3340 square meters.
One interesting fact of interest about Veliki Tabor is its water well which is measured at a depth of approximately 30 meters, considering when the well was dug (est. 12th Century), this is an astonishing feat. The castles has had restoration work done to it over the centuries to return it to its original splendor and glory,

Croatia – Trogir

Trogir has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. “The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period”, says UNESCO report.

Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. Trogir’s medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Trogir’s grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.

Croatia – Sibenik – Cathedral of St. James

Sibenik is political, economic, social and cultural centre of Sibenik-Knin county in Dalmatia, Croatia. Placed in the middle part of Croatian Adriatic coast, in picturesque, well-indented, bay in which river Krka empties. There are 42 000 inhabitants. From all other cities on Adriatic Sibenik takes a special place. While Solin, Trogir, Hvar and Vis were Greek, Roman and Byzantine’s, Sibenik is a “new city “, founded just as a balance to the Byzantine’s Dalmatia. That’s why Sibenik is the oldest Croatian city on Adriatic.

The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, is a triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome (32 m high inside) in the city of Šibenik, Croatia. It is the church of the Catholic Church in Croatia, and the see of the Šibenik diocese. It is also the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country. Since 2000, the Cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Croatia – Kornati National Park

The Kornati archipelago in Croatia is located in the northern part of Dalmatia, west from Šibenik. There are no permanent settlements in Kornati. Simple houses in well-protected coves such as Vruje, Kravjačica, Lavsa and others are used by land owners as temporary shelters. Most of the land owners are from the island of Murter and Dugi Otok.

In 1980 the islands were set aside as a national park; the present area of Kornati National Park is 234 sq km. The Park is managed by a special management body with the seat in Murter.

Croatia – Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Dalmatia, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the center of Dubrovnik-Neretva county.
In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, also known as the fifth Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa and Venice), it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Although demilitarised in the 1970s with the intent of forever protecting it from war devastation, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for 7 months and heavily damaged by shelling.