Croatia, a country with almost mythical status due to its beauty and wonders is a South Slavic land that hides itself on the beautiful Adriatic sea, rocky Balkan mountains and beautiful Pannonian plains. In this series you will learn a bit about Croatia, more so to help you out a bit if you decide to visit it, because you have to come there as a tourist prepared for all it’s beauty and glory. Now what we have here for you are popularly called wonders on this list so naturally what you will see here is a list of Seven wonders of Croatia. These beautiful locations are worthy of your eyes and touring money because Croatia not only does it has a stunning nature but also history is even more interesting where Celtic, Illyrian and Slavic cultures created an literal artwork.
Until we show you the wonders of other Slavic countries make sure to enjoy the Croatian ones as well and of course, if by chance you were at any of the places make sure to leave us a comment and say which of the Croatian wonders did you see because we need to promote this beautiful Slavic country just like any other. So let’s see what these Croats are so proud of today:
1# Amphitheater in Pula
The amphitheater in Pula or Pula Arena is the largest and best preserved monument of ancient architecture in Croatia. Compared to more than 200 Roman amphitheaters, cloak Roman amphitheater with four towers, represents the best preserved and rare example of unique technical and technological solutions. By size occupies 6th place among Roman amphitheaters in the world, and is the only one in the world with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. Amphitheater in Pula is alongside the Coliseum in Rome, the Verona Arena, amphitheaters in Pompeii, Nimes and Arles in France and El Djem in Tunisia. Surprisingly, the Arena as the undisputed cultural treasure of Croatia, but it is not yet on the list of World Heritage sites.
2# Town Rovinj
The first mention of Rovinj was as Castrum Rubini, found in the “Cosmographia” of Anonymous author of Ravenna. Work from VII. c., with many geographical data relating to the fifth century. From there, Rovinj chronicler Benussi concluded that the Rovinj emerged in the period III. to the fifth century. Surroundings of Rovinj, according to archaeological findings, was inhabited in the prehistoric period – the Bronze and Iron Ages, when in Istria culture of Histri flourished and lived there with established trade with Greeks and Etruscans. The most recent accidental findings show the existence of life at the turn of II. century in the first millennium on the very island (a peninsula from 1763) where today’s Rovinj is situated.
3# Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a special geological and hydrogeological phenomenon. The lakes were declared a national park in 8th April 1949. year. It is the largest, oldest and most visited Croatian national park. It represents a forested mountainous region with a string of 16 small and large crystal blue lakes. Lakes receive water from numerous rivers and streams, and they are connected by cascades and waterfalls. Vast forest areas, exceptional lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting autumn colors, trails, timber bridges and much more, create a unique location which UNESCO declared as world heritage in 1979, and it should be noted it was the first in the world. The park is divided into inner and extended zone due to the level of protection. It is located in the territory of two counties, 91% of the park is in Lika region and 9% is in Karlovac County.
4# Island Galešnjak – Island of Love
Galešnjak (also known as the Island of Love, The Island of Love) is a small island located in the Pasman channel between the island of Pasman and links collection on land. The island has an area of 0,132 km2. Length coastal area is 1.55 km. There are also two peaks, the highest is 36 meters high above sea level. It is interesting that on March 13, 1177: Pope Alexander III. (1159th to 1181st), accompanied by his fleet sailed from the south to the north of Italy, Venice, and that the Croatian side of the Adriatic. Papal galleys were stopped between the island and Galešnjak. While they were anchored in front of Galešnjak, Pope Alexander III. sent his messengers to go by land to neighboring Zadar to inform the Zadar archbishop and metropolitan of the time of arrival of Pope to the city of Zadar.
5# Palace of Diocletian
Diocletian’s Palace is the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split. Around the year 300 erected by the Roman emperor Diocletian and stayed there after the withdrawal from the throne (305) to death (316). It was built in the bay of the peninsula 5 km southwest of Salona, the capital of the province of Dalmatia. The remains of the palace today are part of the historic center of Split, which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in Europe in 1979.
6# Trakošćan castle
Trakoscan Castle is one of the most attractive castles in Croatia; it is located in the Croatian Zagorje, 23 km northeast of Krapina, 40 km southwest of Varazdin; elevation to 250 m. The nearest places are Macelj Strahinčica. With about 40,000 visitors a year it is one of the most visited Croatian castles. The castle was built in the 13th century as a small borough within the system of fortifications Zagorje Principality. The castle is arhitceture wise similar to the simple Romanesque castles of 12th-13th century. Castle was owned by numerous feudal lords like Celje Counts, Jan Vitovec, Korvin, and after the collapse of Zagorje Principality, especially the estate enjoyed was famous due to Croatian Drašković family.
7# Town Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik (Latin Ragusium) is a city in southern Croatia, the administrative center of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and one of the most historic Croatian tourist destinations. According to the census of 2011, Dubrovnik had 42,615 inhabitants, as opposed to 49 728 inhabitants in 1991 In the census of 2011, 90.34% of the population identified themselves as Croats. 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 Dubrovnik was the only city-state on the east coast of the Adriatic and was a direct rival to Venetian Republic. With its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dubrovnik was one of the centers where Croatian language and literature flourished and it was a home to many notable Croatian poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars.
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