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Stari Grad
Euphrasian Basilica
City of Trogir


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Ancient Heritage of Croatia

Ancient monuments from the Paleolithic era are very poor and consist of simple stone and bone objects. Some of the earliest remaining historical features include 100,000 year old bones of a Neandertal man near Krapina.

The most interesting Copper Age or Eneolithic finds are from Vučedol culture. Out of that culture sprung out Bronze Age Vinkovci culture that is recognizable by bronze fibulas that were replacing objects like needles and buttons. Bronze Age culture of Illyrians, ethnic group with distinct culture and art form started to organize itself in 7th century BC. Numerous monumental sculptures are preserved, as well as walls of citadel Nezakcij near Pula, one of numerous Istrian cities from Iron Age.

Greeks from Syracuse in Sicily in 390 BC came to islands of Vis, Hvar and Korčula and there have founded city-states in which they lived quite isolated.

While the Greek colonies were flourishing on the island, on the continent the Illyrians were organizing their centers. Their art was greatly influenced by Greek art, and they have even copied some. Illyrians even conquered Greek colonies on Dalmatian islands. Famous was the queen Teuta of Issa which waged wars with the Romans. But finally, Rome subdued the Illyrians in first century, and after that the history of these parts is a history of Illyrian provinces of Rome and Byzantium.

The Romans organized the entire coastal territory by transforming citadels to urban cities. There have been at least thirty cities in Istria, Liburnia and Dalmatia with Roman citizenship. The best-preserved networks of Roman streets are those in Epetion and Jader. The best preserved Roman monuments are in Pola including an Amphitheater from the 2nd century.

In the 3rd century AD the city of Salona was the largest and most important city of Dalmatia. Near the city emperor Diocletian, born in Salona, built the Diocletian's Palace (around year 300 AD), which is largest and most important monument of late antique architecture in the World. In the 4th century Salona became the center of Christianity for entire western Balkans. It hade numerous basilicas and necropolises, and even two saints: Domnius and Anastasius.

One of few preserved basilicas in western Europe from the time of early Byzantium is Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč from 6th century. The early Middle Ages brought the great migration of the Slavs and this period was perhaps a Dark Age in the cultural sense until the successful formation of the Slavic states which coexisted with Italic cities that remained on the coast, each of them were modelled like Venice.


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Croatia Early History - Kingdom of Croatia - Croatia in Personal Union with Hungary - Republic of Dubrovnik
Ottoman Wars - Croatia National Revival - Kingdom of Yugoslavia and World War II - Socialist Yugoslavia - Independent Croatia

Geography of Croatia - Croatia Countries / Map - Croatia Government & Politics - Croatia Law - Croatia Demographics
Croatia Economy - Croatia Infrastructure - Croatia Education - Croatia Culture - Croatia Sports
Croatia Ancient Heritage - Croatian Art - Croatian Cuisines

Croatia Tourist Places and Attractions
Croatia World Heritage Sites

Palace of Diocletian - Old City of Dubrovnik - Plitvice Lakes National Park - Cathedral of St. James
Stari Grad - Euphrasian Basilica - City of Trogir

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