History & Culture

Unesco sites in Croatia

A bonus for holidaymakers to Croatia, most of the country’s seven UNESCO heritage sites are located along the coast, from Porec in Istria to Dubrovnik in southern Dalmatia.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its spectacular landscape of lakes, waterfalls and caves, and a habitat for bears, wolves and rare birds, is the country’s only natural heritage site.

The Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches and palaces within Dubrovnik’s impressive city walls have withstood an earthquake in 1667 and wartime damage in the 1990’s, ensuring that the city remains the ’pearl of the Adriatic’.

Dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries, Diocletian’s Palace in Split is a massive Roman complex built with Dubrovnik and Lokrumstone from Brac that was originally planned to be the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace.Baroque buildings and Venetian-style Renaissance buildings and churches are just some of the highlights of Trogir, to the northwest of Split. Its UNESCO award is as much due to the architectural layout of the medieval city.

In Šibenik, the Cathedral of St James brings together the best of northern Italy, Tuscany and Dalmatia. The 711 individual portraits of unidentified local citizens depicted on its exterior frieze is the highlight of Croatia’s most significant architectural

Renaissance monuments. Porec’s Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica has succeeded in perfectly preserving all of its component buildings (church, memorial chapel, atrium, baptistery, Episcopal palace) which started off with a simple oratory in a private Roman house in 313. Not to be missed: the mosaics inside the Basilica.

Most visitors to the island of Hvar are more interested in the beach and night life and the heritage site of Stari Grad Plain tends to slip past unnoticed. First colonised in the 4th century BC by Ionian Greeks from Paros, the ancient stone-walled plain has been used continuously for the production of grapes and olives for the past 24 centuries.
Written by Nigel Nowell  |   Sep 03, 2015PM