Category: Croatia

Iconic Sibenik attraction open to the public after two-year renovation; HINA

St. Nicholas’ Fortress, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, formally opened its doors to visitors after a two-year-long renovation. In the last three years, about five million kuna (EUR 675,000) was spent on the revamping this fortress, and 4 million was set aside by the Sibenik-Knin County while the rest was provided by the Culture Ministry.

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European Fortress Day Celebrated in Šibenik; Croatia Week

Officials of the public agency manages the facilities within the fortification of the Croatian coastal city of Sibenik, on Thursday presented a new publication, “Sibenik: A City of Fortresses,” on the occasion of European Fortress Day which is being held from September 20 to 22 under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.

Source: European Fortress Day Celebrated in Šibenik

Poreč Travel Blog: Things To Do In Poreč; SJ Begonja; Chasing The Donkey

Croatia – Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

If you’re looking for a small and charming coastal town with plenty to see and do, during the day as well as in the evening, Porec is the ideal choice, a picturesque town packed with sightseeing options. What’s particularly great about this town is that it’s small enough to explore in a day, but also makes for a great base to explore the rest of Istria. We recommend spending at least two full days, preferably three, in the area. This blog post contains the best things to do in Porec, as well as recommended beaches, restaurants, bars and accommodations.

Situated on the pretty Istrian coastline, ideally placed to explore further afield too, the picturesqueness and nightlife of Porec may be a strange combination, but it’s one that works fantastically!

It’s virtually impossible to get lost in Porec, which is ideal for those who enjoy wandering around as they please, seeing what they can find along the way. The beaches in and around the town are also typically idyllic. 

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Beech Forest in Croatian National Parks on UNESCO World Heritage List; Croatia Week

Croatia – Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

UNESCO has inscribed beech tree forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks in Croatia as a new world heritage site.

The decision was made at the 41st sitting of the World Heritage Committee in Kraków, Poland back in July and yesterday in Zagreb the official UNESCO Charter was presented to directors of both National Parks.

The UNESCO World Heritage Charter was presented to the NP Paklenica Director Natalija Andačić and NP Northern Velebit Director Irena Glavičić Sertić by Croatia’s Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek and Environment Minister Tomislav Ćorić.

The decision to inscribe beech tree forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks is an extension of the UNESCO protection of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, which now stretches over 12 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Ukraine.

The beech forests at Northern Velebit National Park are situated in two special reservations in the park called Hajdučki kukovi and Rožanski kukovi.

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Istria: Croatia’s Undiscovered Jewel; Luxury Travel Magazine

Croatia – Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

A heart-shaped peninsula on the northern end of Croatia’s Adriatic coastline, Istria is Croatia’s perfectly formed gem. Offering three of Croatia’s most attractive coastal towns in Pula, Rovinj and Porec, Istria is rich in culinary treasures, history and culture. Beginning this summer British Airways is celebrating its first full season flying to Pula Airport in Istria, direct from London Heathrow as well as other airlines now operating weekly flights* making it easier for visitors to discover its 445km of pristine coastline, hidden corners, preserved natural surroundings and its three gastronomic pearls; truffles, olive oil and wine.

Treasure troves of antiquity that were once ancient Istrian towns are dotted both inland and on the coastline. Situated furthest South is Pula, once Istria’s main port and today making a name for itself as Istria’s liveliest town. Liberally dotted with ancient monuments, along with its vibrant main square, Pula is proudly home to one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the Roman world.

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Stunning 3D Printed Cathedral of St James in Transparent Resin; Hanna Watkin; All3DP

Croatia – The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik

Croatian company Vectrino used 3D printing to create a replica of the Šibenik Cathedral of St James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a new exhibition.

A new multimedia centre is opening in Šibenik, Croatia which will provide information for visitors about the city’s cathedral. And 3D printing plays a big part in providing visitors with a detailed insight into its construction.

The technology has long proven useful for creating prototypes and architectural models. And in this case, the result is stunning to behold; a transparent replica of Šibenik Cathedral of St. James created by 3D printing company Vectrino.

The company used transparent resin to 3D print the cathedral so that visitors can peer inside the model. The new permanent exhibition will provide visitors with details on how the cathedral came to be.

The resulting print renders this architectural achievement from the 15th and 16th century in perfect detail. It’s no wonder the cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Source: Stunning 3D Printed Cathedral of St James in Transparent Resin | All3DP

Beautiful Churches of Croatia; Croatia Week

Croatia – Historic City of Trogir

There are many breathtaking architectural sacral monuments around Croatia, such as the Cathedral in the eastern town of Osijek, and many other beautiful churches in Slavonia and Zagorje.

The stunning Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj and Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, as well as numerous examples of Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance architecture along the Adriatic coast, makes it difficult to compile a list of the most beautiful.

But here are 11 Churches worth checking out on your travels.

St. Lawrence Cathedral – Trogir

Built in the 13th century, this cathedral is one of the most famous monuments of Trogir and UNESCO protected world heritage, built in Romanesque and Baroque style. The main entrance leads through the portal of Radovan, a masterpiece of art built in 1340. The bell tower is 47 m high and is one of the most beautiful on the entire Mediterranean coast.

St. James Cathedral – Šibenik

As the most significant architectural achievement of the 15th and 16th century in Croatia, the Cathedral was included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.

Source: Beautiful Churches of Croatia

Hvar – The UNESCO Island; Miki Bratanic; Croatia Week

Croatia – Stari Grad Plain

This year, the island of Hvar is nominated for the title of Best European Destination. It deserves the title for many reasons.

However, there is something that makes the island of Hvar stand out above the other destinations in the running, something unique, special, something that is recognizable and makes the island very proud.

Many do not know that the island of Hvar, probably one of the most densely populated islands in the world for the number of cultural sites on the UNESCO list. On the list, there are three Hvar Heritage Uniqueness; Starogradska polja (Stari Grad Plain), Procesija Za križen (Following the Cross) and Hvarska čipka (Hvar Lace).

The Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar is the best preserved agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC and remains in use. The plain is generally still in its original form and has been preserved by careful maintenance of the stone walls over 24 centuries.

Following the Cross is a unique religious tradition taking place before the Easter for nearly five centuries uninterrupted.

Source: Hvar – The UNESCO Island