Cultural Heritage

A whimsical history of 6000 years...

Travel back in time to the prehistoric era, the age of the Liburnian people and antiquity, and the Middle Ages – explore the Croatian “Troy”, learn a thing or two about the ancient Roman settlement of Scardona and the medieval town of Skradin, visit interesting churches and museums, or listen to traditional Dalmatian songs at one of the most significant and long-lived klapa singing festivals in Croatia!

Skradin, which got its name during the Roman era, is one of the oldest towns in Croatia, whose history can be traced back to Illyrian times. The ancient Scardona was a Roman municipium, port and stronghold for the army, as well as an important centre of trade. After the town had been destroyed and ravaged during the Migration Period, it was rebuilt by Croats, who named it Skradin. It became the seat of a bishopric as early as the 6th century, and in late 13th century, it also became one of the seats of the House of Šubić, the princes of Bribir, who gave the town its charter and made it the capital of Croatia and Bosnia. Because of its favourable geostrategic position, fertile soil and plenty of freshwater sources, Avars, Turks and Venetians all ravaged the town at different points throughout history. Such a tumultuous history is reflected in the town’s valuable cultural and historical heritage, seen at every corner.

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