CROATIA

CROATIA

CROATIA Location At the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean Republic of Croatia

Area: 56,594 km2 Population: 4,489,409 Geographic coordinates:4548N 160E

Currency: Kuna (HRK) Form of Goverment: Parliamentary republic Languages: Croatian divided into 20 counties and the city of Zagreb (capital and largest) Zagreb

Zagreb Capital of Croatia Located on the Sava river, at the southern slopes od Medvednica mountain The old Zagreb core is divided into two districts: the canonical settlement Kaptol developed north of Zagreb Cathedral and

the fortified settlement Gradec on the neighbouring hill which date from the 11th century Zagreb Church of St. Mark Parish church of old Zagreb Built in the 13th century but underwent a radical reconstruction in

the second half of the 14th century It was then turned into a late Gothic church The oldest part is the south portal, considered to be the work of sculptors of the Parler family from Prague (end of the 14th century)

Vukovar Vukovar A city in eastern Croatia, and the biggest river port in Croatia located at the confluence of the Vuka river and the Danube Vukovar was mentioned first in the

13th century Its nicknamed the Hero City for the bravery of Vukovar soldiers during the Croatian War of Independence Vukovar water tower It is one of the most famous symbols of Vukovar and the suffering of the

city and the county in the Battle of Vukovar and the Croatian War of Independence It was built in the late 1960s and destroyed in 1991 when it was hit more than 600 times Today it is a symbol of victory and new life

Pula Pula Situated at the southern tip of the Istria It was an important port in the Roman times and had the rank of a

Roman colony It is a known vacation destination because of the natural beauty of the countryside and sea along with the famous Brijuni national park Pula Arena It was constructed in 27 BC - 68 AD

It is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world Today it is used for many events, including concerts, festivals and recently even a hockey match Baka

Baka [bka] Baka is a settlement on the island of Krk Known for the early Christian archeological site from the 5th century and Baka tablet Its an attractive destination and is very tourist friendly

Baka tablet One of the first monuments containing an inscription in the Croatian language The inscribed stone slab records King Zvonimir's donation of a piece of land to a Benedictine abbey in the time of abbot Drzhiha

The tablet is considered to be the birth certificate of the Croats, as the name Croatia is mentioned here for the first time in Croatian Pag Island of Pag

Fifth-largest island of the Croatian coast The first Croatian wind farm Salt production Most famous for its production of Paki sir Reputation as a party destination which is centered on Zre beach

Paki sir (cheese from the island of Pag) A perfect example of terroir and cheese Distinctive cheese made from the

milk of the island's autochthonous breed of sheep In 2010 it won the prestigious Barber Award and was named the Worlds Best New Cheese Pag Lace The ''white gold'' of the town od Pag

The lacemaking school in the town of Pag was founded in 1906. and still works today The Pag lace travelled to various parts of the world and is declared as a Croatian cultural heritage Zadar

Zadar Town on Adriatic sea, center of Zadar County Sea Organ - architectural object which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps

Church of St Donat Built in the 9th Century Built on top of the old Roman forum Originally named the Church of the Holy Trinity Later changed and named for Bishop Donat

Split Split Economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia International airport, regular ferry services

Many of Split's historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian's Palace Diocletian palace At the end of the third century the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace

One of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic coast Combines qualities of a luxurious villa with those of a military camp

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