8 Must Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia

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Croatia, the jewel of the Adriatic sea, is filled with historical sites. Wander XP brings to you the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia that are must do in every traveler’s itinerary.

1. Old Town, Dubrovnik

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The historic old town of Dubrovnik was declared a world heritage in the year 1979. Million of visitors from all over the world visit Dubrovnik to admire its historical old town and the fortification.

The main street, Stradun, is a popular meeting point. At far end of Stradun you will find the marvels of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace. Both the castles were featured in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

2. Diocletian’s Palace, Split

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One of the finest example of the Roman architecture, Diocletian’s Palace still stands tall in the historical city of Split. The well preserved palace includes highlights such as Peristyle Square, and various substructures (also known as “the basements”).

3. National Park Plitvice Lakes

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s most visited national park. Million of visitors, both domestic and foreign, visit the park every year to observe its rich flora and fauna, but the main tourist draw are the serene turquoise lakes. More than a dozen such lakes are spread throughout the park.

4. The Cathedral of St Domnius

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One of the most auspicious site in the whole country, St Domnius is considered the oldest cathedral in the world is still in use. The cathedral was opened in 305 AD after ten years of construction. The cathedral houses the mausoleum of the Emperor Diocletian.

5. Stari Grad Plains, Island of Hvar

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Stari Grad is a very unique site in the sense that it’s not a structure but a very vast plain. It was used as an agricultural land by Greeks in 4th century BC, remains of which can still be seen today. 4th century BC. Surprisingly, the land and remains of the farming and irrigation structures are still maintained in their original form.

6. Historic City of Trogir

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The historic city of Trogir was included in the list of World Heritage Sites ways back in 1997. Highlight of the town are the Cathedral of St Lawrence and Kamerlengo Fortress.

The cathedral is known for the marvelous Romanesque portal built by Master Radovan. The Kamerlengo Fortress was used as governor’s palace during the Venetian period.

7. St James Cathedral, Sibenik

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Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2000 is the beautiful St. James Cathedral in Sibenik. It was also featured in Game of Thrones as part of the locations for Braavos.

8.The Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica

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Declared in 1997 as world heritage site by UNESCO, the highlight of this sprawling complex is the bell tower, a fine example of Byzantine architecture in the country. The Episcopal Complex makes for a mandatory visit to the town of Porec.

 

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