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Thanks to historic events and mixing of different cultures, Croatia abounds in cultural and historic monuments from different periods. The influence of Mediterranean culture, numerous monuments from ancient times, Roman times and the Early Middle Ages, Romanesque sacral heritage, as well as a whole range of preserved Mediterranean urban locations culturally determine Croatia’s coast. The continental part of Croatia belongs to the central European cultural sphere and has therefore numerous world-renown prehistoric sites, old towns, fortifications and castles from the Late Middle Ages, as well as cultural monuments and buildings from the Baroque period. Many of its monuments are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

BELEC - Sv. Marija Snijezna church from the 17th and 18th centuries, with valuable Baroque elements. 

DUBROVNIK -  one of the best preserved fortified Medieval cities on the Mediterranean, built primarily in the period from the 13th to the 16th centuries, it boasts with fully preserved city fortification walls with towers, Rector’s Palace, cathedral, Sponza Palace, Franciscan monastery, Lovrijenac Tower. The old part of the city has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

DAKOVO - monumental cathedral of Bishop J. J. Strossmayer from the 19th century.

HLEBINE - a village by Koprivnica, cradle of Croatian naive art.

HVAR - preserved historic centre from the 15th century, surrounded by fortification walls, the oldest town theatre in Europe from 1612.

KNIN - Medieval fortress above the town; the surroundings are one of the richest archeological areas in Croatia with excavation sites from the Early Middle Ages.

KRAPINA - paleonthological site Husnjakovo, one of the most important Neanderthal sites in the world.

LEPOGLAVA - Paulist monastery complex with sv. Marija church, where the first school for higher education in Croatia was founded.

MARIJA BISTRICA - Croatia’s most important place of pilgrimage with Sv. Marija church.

MOTOVUN - picturesque town-museum on a hilltop from the Middle Ages.

NIN - old Croatian churches Sv. Kriz and Sv. Nikola from the 11th century.

OSIJEK - the historic urban centre Tvrda with numerous valuable buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

OSOR - on the island of Cres - historic town with ancient and medieval buildings and preserved fortification walls.

OTAVICE -  Mestrovic family mausoleum located close to the town of Drnis in the Dalmatinska zagora region.

PAG - preserved urban center from the 15th century built according to a plan.


PLITVICE LAKES -  The upper lakes, surrounded by thick forests and interlinked by numerous waterfalls, lie in a dolomite valley, while the lowerlakes, smaller and shallower, surrounded only by sparse underbrush, lie on the limestone bedrock in the region of Lika

POREC - historic urban centre; Euphrasias basilica from the 6th century, one of the most important Early Byzantine monuments on the Mediterranean, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

PULA - Roman amphitheatre from the 1st century, third largest in the world, the Roman Golden Gate.

RIJEKA - Trsat citadel and Sv. Marija od Lorette pilgrimage site.

ROVINJ - historic urban centre with Sv. Eufemija church from the 18th century.

SOLIN - archeological site with ruins of the large Roman town of Salona and a collection of Early Christian monuments.

SPLIT - historic centre with the ancient Diocletian Palace, one of the most important preserved Late Roman historic monuments and part of the UNESCO World Heritage List; Sv. Duje cathedral, old Croatian church Sv. Trojstva and other important sites.

SIBENIK - historic town centre with famous Sv. Jakov cathedral from the Renaissance, the work of Juraj Dalmatinac and Nikola Firentinac, and numerous palaces and churches.

TRAKOSCAN - Romanesque castle above the lake of the same name.

TROGIR - historic town on an islet with a 13th century cathedral whose portal is the work of the famous master Radovan, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

VARAZDIN - well-preserved Baroque urban centre; numerous valuable palaces, churches and monasteries; monumental old town centre and the city cemetery from the 19th century known for its unique horticulture.

VELIKI TABOR -  - the best preserved Renaissance fortress in Croatia from the 16th century located in Hrvatsko Zagorje region.

VUKOVAR - prehistoric archeological site Vucedol, one of the most important Neolithic excavation sites in Europe; Eltz castle, severely damaged at the time of Serbian aggression on Vukovar in 1991 but currently under renovation.

ZADAR - historic urban centre with preserved fortification walls, several ancient and Early Middle Ages monuments - Roman forum and unique Pre-Romanesque Sv. Donat church from the 9th century.

ZAGREB - the capital of Croatia with historic urban centre of Gornji grad (Upper Town) and Kaptol from the Middle Ages, Donji grad (Lower Town) built according to plan in the second half of the 19th century with numerous parks forming the shape of a horseshoe; Cathedral


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