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Thanks to the 1,244 islands, crystal-clear water, reefs, and rocks that make up the Adriatic, Croatia is the ultimate sailing vacation destination in your wildest dreams. With an overall coastal length of up to 5,835.00 km from Dubrovnik to Istria, Croatia’s islands provide a considerable difficulty due to their nearly ideal separations of little more than 10 nautical miles. There are more than 1,500 coves, ports, and bays on the mainland and islands of the Croatian Adriatic, making it the best place for sailing and motorboat cruising with a power boat or a luxury mega yacht.
Marinas may be found in a wide variety of locations, from secluded bays on Croatia’s islands to large coastal towns. Marinas have restaurants, bars, showers, and swimming pools in addition to providing maintenance and repair services, as well as some of the finest examples of Croatian cuisine and local drinks. You may discover peaceful tiny harbors in the middle of sleepy coastal communities all around the coast of Croatia, from Dubrovnik Gru to Hvar and Vis, to Korcula and Trogir and Murter to Primosten up to Loinj, Biograd on the Sea to Opatia in Istria.
The aroma of excellent wine and truffles is in the air!
“Terra Magica” is the name given to Istria.
There are traces of Histriians, Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, and even the Austro-Hungarian Empire, making this a veritable cultural arboretum!
Whether you start in Pula, with its stunning Roman amphitheater, Rovinj, often known as “little Venice,” Porec, with its Euphrasius, Dvigrad, a town of ghosts, Motovun, a lovely village, or Gronjan, an artists’ commune in the interior, Istria is a land of true marvels.
Fifteen years ago, on the seafloor near Bale, were discovered the first and, as of this writing, only dinosaur bones in the whole Mediterranean region.
Unique island experience!
Kvarner is home to the illustrious Absytrus Islands, as well as the renowned coastal cities of Opatija, Crikvenica, Vinodol, and Rijeka.
The coastal city of Rijeka is included in this area, which is also famous as the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy’s official summer retreat.
However, the Kvarner islands are an entirely other story.
The islands of Krk, Cres, and Loinj have a rich ancient and medieval history; they are often collectively referred to as the Absytrus islands, after Medea’s brother Absytrus.
A bronze statue of an athlete known as the Apoxiomen, sculpted by the Greek sculptor Lizip in the fourth century B.C., should surely be included. In 1999, it was found floating in a body of water close to Loinj.
In the year 1100, the Baka tablet was unearthed on the island of Krk. There had never been a sculpted memorial in Croatian before this.
Where some say the Adriatic starts!
The city of benik serves as the county seat for the larger region of Ibenik-Knin, which has a total of 2,994 square kilometers. More than 38,000 people call Ibenik, Croatia, home. Ibenik is at a special spot among the Adriatic cities. Sibenik was established as a counterweight to Byzantine Dalmatia, unlike Solin, Trogir, Hvar, and Vis, which were all originally Greek, Roman, and Byzantine towns before becoming Croatian. Despite the fact that there aren’t many relics of a town from the time of Croatian immigration, Sibenik is the oldest Croatian and Slavic city on the Adriatic. In 1066, when Croatian King Petar Kresimir 1V visited, the city was known as “Castrum Sebenici.” Medieval Croatia was the zenith of the medieval Croatian state. However, following that, Gibenik was only an independent Croatian kingdom for another half-century before Croatia made an alliance with Hungary in 1102. After then, for the next 243 years, Ibenik was a part of Croatia-Hungary (1105-1116, 1124, 1133-1168, 1180-1322 and 1358-1412). At this time, it became the center of a diocese (1298), and it was officially recognized as a city and granted municipal rights in 1167, laying the legal and political groundwork for its growth into an economic, political, and cultural powerhouse in the 14th century.
To accept an invitation from Bishop Luraj Sizgoric, Juraj Dalmatinac made the journey from Venice to ibenik in 1441. It is widely believed that he worked with the Bon brothers on the entrance to the Doge’s palace in Venice (Porta clella Carta). In 1451, he made the Merchants Loggia (Loggia dei Mercati) and the entryway of the S. Francesco delle Scale church in Ancona, Italy. He also worked on the cathedral at Ibenik. Defense, housing, and worship spaces are all represented in his home country’s examples of his work (Minceta in Dubrovnik). Planning cities was another of his interests (Pag). When bringing his amazing and harmonious architectural concepts to life, he never overlooked the finer details of great moulded plastic work. He was an expert in the Gothic style, but he also painted in the Renaissance style and included Baroque elements into several of his works. A university educator, he. Among his pupils were the similarly named Andrija Budicic and Andrija Alesi. Originally from the Ibenik area (for more on which, see Drni), and passing away in the city of Ibenik in 1473, Ivan Mestrovic is widely regarded as the finest Croatian sculptor of the first half of the twentieth century. The City Council in Venetian times convened at the City Loggia. Its construction dates range from 1533 to 552. All of its buildings were destroyed by bombing during World War II, but they were rebuilt thereafter. The construction is visually indicative of the Sanmichelli style, and is often considered to be the best loggia in all of Dalmatia due to its remarkable harmony, pillars, lions’ heads, and railing (Verona 1484-1559). The church’s dome rests on four massive, evenly placed columns. The architect adorned the capitals and negotiated with the affluent donors who would pay the chapel’s construction on the condition that they would have the final say over who would construct it. Incredible expertise characterizes the way Luraj Dalmatinac combined late Gothic and Renaissance styles in his building design.
Sculptor and builder Nikola Firentinac (?- Sibenik 1505), an outsider from the Donatello school who flourished in Dalmatia, is generally regarded as one of the greatest Croatian artists. He took over construction in 1477. He was responsible for putting the dome on top of the four finished columns, tiling it in stone, and finishing the enormous galleries. With complete artistic license, Master Nikola reimagined Juraj Dalmatinac’s blueprints as a work of the Tuscan Renaissance. The dome of Sibenik Cathedral was constructed after the dome of Florence, although Nikola Firentinac employed an octagonal drum in its original purpose as the transition from the square base to the round dome, much before Bramante and Michelangelo. One of the pinnacle accomplishments of Renaissance architecture was the successful use of the cupola. He arranged his own saint sculptures around the dome. The cathedral was not finished until 1536, far after his death, by Bartolomeo da Mestre and his son Giacomo. The sarcophagus of bishop, humanist, and writer Iuraj giigoric (c.1420-1509), crafted by Andrija Alesi after a design by Juraj Dalmatinac, may be seen in the first chapel upon entering the cathedral from the right. Behind the bishop’s seat is a statue of St. Elijah that was also sculpted by Alesi. To the left lies the tomb of Bishop Ivan gtafilié, who saw the cathedral through its final stages of construction.
Abundance of national parks!
Zadar is located 44° 8’ N, 15° 13’ E; centre of the zadar county, which extends over 3 643 km and has a population of 165 700. Population of the city is 72 000. Mean January temperatures: air 6.3 °c, sea 11 °c. Mean July temperatures: air 24 °c, sea 22.8 °c.
The City Gates and Fortress
Although Zadar was a walled city during Roman times, currently only the towers and gates from the 15th and 16th centuries remain. From behind these walls, the Turks, who at the time ruled much of what is now Croatia’s interior, could attack Venetian Zadar. Of the original four city gates, only two are still operational. The Mainland Gate is Zadar’s most beautiful Renaissance building (Kopnena vrata, Porta Terraferma). Recognized Veronese architect Michele Sammicheli built it around 1543. Above the door is a relief of the city coat of arms, which features St. Chrysogonus (Sveti Krsevan) on a horse and the lion of St. Mark. The gate used to be preceded by a drawbridge that spanned the Fosa canal. Built in 1573, the Port Gate (Lucka vrata, Porta Marina) has a Roman triumphal arch on the interior and a Venetian lion sculpture on the exterior. The city’s coat of arms has a plaque honoring the Christians’ victory over the Turkish fleet in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, carved into the Renaissance-style upper half of the shield. On the mainland side, at the Mainland Gate, you may visit the Great Fortress, the Five-Corner Bastion, and the Five-Sided Tower on the Five-Well Square (Trg pet bunara). The Great Fortress (Velika tvrdava) was built in 1560 on the site of the old suburbs, which was also the site of an amphitheatre under Roman administration. The builder’s coat of arms, that of Sforza Pallavicino, is displayed on the outside wall. In the years between 1880 and 1890, the area around the fort was landscaped into a park filled with exotic and Mediterranean species. The Five-Cornered Bastion (Peterokutni bastion) was built in 1574, but its design makes it suitable for modern armament.
Some consider this to be the finest example of traditional Dalmatian architecture in all of Croatia (Sveti Donat). Built at the turn of the ninth century, this structure is a fine example of the preromanesque architecture. According to Bishop and Diplomat Donat of Zadar, this church was built between the eighth and ninth centuries. Since Charles the Great led the delegation of Dalmatian cities to Byzantium, parallels may be drawn between this cathedral and the royal chapels he built, in particular the one at Aachen. The materials for its construction came from other Roman buildings and it was built on an ancient Roman forum. The chapel stands at a towering 27 feet in height, but its design is quite basic and uncomplicated. As a whole, it evokes a feeling of rnonurnental force, and as such, it has become an incontestable symbol of Zadar. It has been used to many uses since its inception. It was a warehouse during the periods of Venetian and Turkish rule, as well as the French and Austrian occupations. Because of its remarkable acoustics, it served as an archaeological museum for a short time following its liberation before becoming a music hall.
The heart of Dalmatia!
There are 180 000 people in each group. Split is the second largest city in Croatia. It is the county of a county with 468 000 people and 4520 km2 of land. Pottery, weapons, and jewelry made by people have been found in the area around Split. This shows that people lived on the Split peninsula not too long ago. In the Krcine caves above Klis, pieces of “impresso” pottery have been found. These are pieces of pottery that have designs pressed into the clay. Neolithic artifacts from Kucine are from the same time period as those from the Markova spilja caves on Hvar (see below), and a stone hammer from the middle Neolithic period was found near Split’s city center.
Copper and gold items from the 2nd millennium BC show that there were well-established trade routes between this area and the hinterland and the Mediterranean. In the last centuries BC, the Illyrian Delmati tribe moved into the Solin-Kastela Bay, and Salona (also called Solin) became an important military outpost and harbor. The Cathedral of St. Domnius (Sveti Duje) is an octagonal building that was built at the same time as the palace. It is the tomb of Emperor Diocletian. In the seventh century, a church was built on top of the tomb. So, even though Diocletian tried to get rid of Christianity, strange things happened to him, like building a church in his tomb and a baptistery in the main Roman temple. The inside of the cathedral is round, with eight columns at the bottom and eight smaller columns on top, which separate the space into four semicircular and square niches. Between the first and second rows of columns is a frieze with pictures of Diocletian and his wife Prisca as well as hunting scenes with Eros.
The entryway is a good example of Hellenistic architecture. The church is topped by a dome made of bricks that used to have mosaics on it. Under the cathedral is a crypt called St. Lucy’s Chapel (Sveta Lucija). The six-sided pulpit is a symbol of the late Romanesque era (the second half of the 13th century). The great altar was built in the seventh century. It was painted by Matija Poncun, a well-known Croatian artist (Ponzoni). In 1767, G. M. Morlaiter, a sculptor from Venice, made the northern altar, which is also called the altar of St. Domnius. On the right, in the southeast niche, is where the old altar of St. Domnius used to be (Sv. Duje).
It was built in 1427 by Bonino da Milano in a late-Gothic style, and Dujam Vuskovié painted the ceiling the same year. The saint’s first altar was a sarcophagus from the time of the early Christians. It had a picture of the Good Shepherd on it. In the north-east niche is the altar of St. Anastasius (Sveti Stas), who was born in Salona and died as a martyr. The Baptistery is a square building that used to have a porch with six pillars and a painted gate. It used to be a pagan temple to Jupiter. In the early Middle Ages, it was changed into a baptistery. The baptismal pool is in the shape of a cross and is made up of six tiles. Five of the tiles have braided designs on them, and the sixth tile has a picture of Christ on it. One possible explanation is that this is a picture of King Zvonimir. Along the wall is the sarcophagus of Archbishop Iohn (Ivan), which was made in Roman times and fixed up in the eighth and tenth centuries.
The sarcophagus of Archbishop Lovro is right next to it. Other things to see in the palace are: As more people moved in, the palace turned into a busy city. Several important homes, palaces, and churches were built, and some older buildings were fixed up. The Romanesque-Gothic palace next to the Golden Gate, which Juraj Dalmatinac changed to look more Gothic in the 15th century, is very impressive. The most important Gothic building in Split is the Papalic Palace. It was also built by Iuraj Dalmatinac. At the moment, the City Museum is housed in this palace (see below). On Dioklecijanova Street 1 is the home of the Dagubio family, which was built in the 18th century. Andrija Alesi built the building in the styles of Gothic and Renaissance. This famous Venetian architect definitely built the huge, Baroque-style Cindro Palace on Kresimirova Street in the late 1700s. In 1735, the Church of St. Philip Neri (Sveti Filip Neri) was built by a military engineer and architect from Venice named Francesco Melchiori. Sebastijan Devita, an artist from Split who lived in the 18th century, made an altarpiece and a wooden Crucifix for the church.
The Church and Monastery of St. Dominic is in front of the Silver Gate (Sveti Dominik). The monastery is a Baroque building that has been completely fixed up. Inside the cathedral, you can find The Mystic Wedding of St. Catherine by Antonio Zanchi, The Miracle in Sariarz by Matej Poncun (Ponzoni), The Miracle of St. Vincent Ferrerius by Sebastijan Devita, and a late Gothic illuminated crucifix. The monastery keeps beautiful antiphones from the 14th and 15th centuries, paintings by Vinko Draginja (1850–1926), and books from Marko Marulic’s library. Behind the Franciscan monastery is Veli Varos, the largest neighborhood in the city. It is bounded on the east by Ielacic Street and on the west by the Marjan Cliffs (see below). It stands out because of its picture-like buildings and uneven streets. The parish church of Veli Varos, called Holy Cross (Sveti Kriz), was built in 1681, but it was rebuilt in the 1800s. The beautiful Baroque bell tower of the old church is still there. On the main altar is a broken but important Romanesque illuminated crucifix from the 1300s. On the side altar is a piece made by Juraj Pavlovié and Sebastian Devita. On the front is a large stone Gothic figure called Mourning that dates back to the 15th century. St. Nicholas on Stagnja is the oldest church in Veli Varos (also known as Sveti Mikul na Stagnji). It was built in the second century and has square apses, a transept, and a dome on a tall drum. It is an early Romanesque building.
The builder, Ivan, and his wife, Tiha, are named in an inscription above the door. The height of Hill Marjan is 178 meters. Marjan is where most people go on day trips from Split. Marjan is one of the most-sung-about places in Croatia because of its beautiful location and nature. Before Diocletian’s palace was built, the Romans built a temple to the goddess Diana on Marjan point. At the end of the 19th century, Marjan began to be built as a place for tourists to visit. Before that, in the early Middle Ages, the Statute of Split required a service to take care of the area. After the bare karst limestone was successfully turned into a forest, 168 hectares of Aleppo pines were planted here. Some places, like the beautiful, tall cliffs of Ierolim, are natural areas that are protected. The best way to get to the top of the hill (151 in) is from Varos. The Natural History Museum, which opened in 1924, is just below the peak. It has large collections of animals, minerals, plants, and fossils, with a focus on artifacts from the Dalmatia area. There is a zoo right next to the museum. The Ivan Mestrovic beach road takes you to the Meje neighborhood of the city, which is at the base of Marjan’s southern flank. St. Stephen’s Under the Pines (Sveti Stjepan pod boro-vima) is a Benedictine church and monastery in the old Split cemetery on the Sustipan peninsula. It is made up of Romanesque and Gothic pieces that were added to a small church with the same name in 1814. In Meje, you can find both the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery and the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Seven Woes (Gospa od Sedam ialosti), which is on the summit as you go up from Meje, has a sculpture from the 15th century called Mourning. A tunnel under Marjan connects the northwest part of the city, called Poljud, to the rest of the city’s south. On the seaside street Topuska, there is a Franciscan church and monastery. Where the current church is, there was an old church from the 10th century. In the middle of this beautiful group of religious buildings are simple Renaissance cloisters with a well and a few gravestones, including those of Bishop Toma Nigris-Mrcic, Katarina Zuvic, and the Alberti, Marulic, Cuteis, and Capogrosso families. The monastery has battlements and a strong Renaissance tower to protect it. The single-naved Gothic and Renaissance church with two side chapels on its southern side holds a number of important works of art.
The romantic pearl of the Adriatic!
Dubrovnik is situated 2° ’ n, 18°16’ e with population 44000 inhabitants. It is the county town of the Dubrovnik and Neretva County, which stretches over 1 784 km2 and has a total of 122 900 inhabitants. Mean temperatures in January: air 8.4℃ , sea 12.4; mean temperatures in July: air 23.3 , sea 22.9 ℃.
Given that there are many ancient earthworks and burial mounds in the area around Dubrovnik (like in Cavtat and Konavle), it seems likely that a prehistoric community once lived where Dubrovnik is now. This village may have been on the island of Lave (Lausa, Rausa), which was separated from the rest of the country by marshy land and a sea arm that was in the same place as Stradun today (see below). The Roman era. There are no important Roman ruins in the city itself, but it is thought that a fishing village used to be on Lave rock. Nearby, there was a busy town called Epidaurum (12 km from Cavtat). It was once a Greek town called Epidauros, but the Romans took it over in the third century BC and turned it into a thriving trading colony.
In 530, it became a bishopric, and when the Roman Empire broke up, it became a part of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). The Migrations Across the Nation. When the Avars and Slavs came to the Balkans at the beginning of the 7th century, they destroyed Epidaurum, Salona (Solin), and Narona. People moved out of their homes and set up Rauzij-Ragusa on Lave rock. Until recently, that was the only story about how Dubrovnik began. But recently, a large Byzantine church from the sixth century was found under the foundations of the old Romanesque cathedral.
The Ploce Gate is right next to the last one (Vrata od Ploca). The eastern city gate was built the same way as the western Pile Gate. It had an outer and an inner gate, a stone bridge over the moat, and a wooden drawbridge. Simon della Cava built the outer gate in 1450 and the single-arched bridge in 1449. The single-arched bridge was based on the old bridge in front of the Pile Gate. The style of the inner gate and the statue of St. Blaise that stands on top of it are both Romanesque. During the 19th century, when Austria was in charge, a much bigger gate was built next to this one. St. Dominic’s (built in 1387 to the south of the Dominican church), Ribarnica (“fish hall,” probably built in the 13th century and torn down in 1853), Kaz-nena tvrdava (“punishment f”), and St. Luke’s (one of the oldest preserved fortresses, built in the 13th century and an important defensive point in the harbor until Revelin Fortress was built; until 1884, it had battlements with consoles like
Where Stradun is now, there used to be a swamp that split Ragusa and Dubrava. After the marsh was drained, a town was built there. Stradun is now a popular place to walk for both locals and tourists from other countries. It goes from east to west between two city gates and has two fountains and two bell towers on either side (on the Pile side, the bell tower of St. Francis and the Great Onofrio Well, and on the Ploce side, the City bell tower and the Small Well). Stradun is the “street salon” of Dubrovnik.
The stone pavement has been worn down and polished so that it shines like parquet flooring. The big earthquake of 1667 gave the city its current look. However, old pictures of the city show that many of the palaces had arcades like those in Sponza and were very well decorated before the disaster. The Stradun Palace says a lot about how the people of old Dubrovnik lived and what kind of people they were. Usually, business or company facilities have been on the ground floor. One could get to the large storeroom from the side streets.
On the first floor is a beautiful apartment, and the second floor has other rooms. The kitchen and other living areas are in the attic. Stradun widens into Luia Square in front of Sponza Palace. Together, Stradun and Luia Square include all the major buildings inside the city walls and are the center of Dubrovnik’s social and economic life. The Serbian bombings did a lot of damage to the polished pavement of Stradun. Now, several international organizations are working to fix it.