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Thanks to its rich history and stunning nature, Croatia boasts 10 UNESCO-protected sights, two of which have been added to the list in 2017. Dubrovnik Medieval city walls are famous all over the world, not only because the Game of Thrones was filmed there, but because of its beauty and immense historic value.
However, there is more to Croatia than just Dubrovnik. The magnificent Ancient Roman Palace lies in the centre of Split, the second biggest city in Croatia, situated in southern Dalmatia. It was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian for he wanted to spend his retirement in this wonderful coastal city. See the full list of Croatia UNESCO-protected sights below!
1. Split Historic Complex & the Diocletian’s Palace
The magnificent Diocletian’s Palace was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the beginning of the 4th century AD. Today this palace is a symbol of modern-day Split.
2. Dubrovnik Old Town
The wonderful fortified city of Dubrovnik was once a mighty republic, dominating the naval trade of the Mediterranean. Today this is one of the best preserved Medieval towns in Europe.
3. Trogir Old Town
The beautiful Old town of Trogir offers a true glimpse into life of Medieval nobility in Croatia. Trogir was first colonised by Ancients Greeks who named it Tragurium.
4. Stari Grad Plain, Hvar Island
The fertile plan on Stari Grad has been practically intact and maintained since the Ancient Greeks colonised it in the 4th century BC.
5. Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč
The Episcopal complex in Poreč is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean.
6. Medieval Tombstones – Stećci
Stećci are the newest Croatian addition to the UNESCO list of protected sites. These Medieval tombstones are remarkable for their decorative motifs and artistic uniqueness.
7. St James’ Cathedral in Šibenik
Built in the 15th and 16th century by three different architects, this cathedral is remarkable for its freeze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of people of that time.
8. The Plitvice Lakes National Park
This beautiful park consists of sixteen interlinked lakes, surrounded by forests. Situated in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar, Plitvice is the most visited national park in Croatia.
9. Defensive walls of Zadar
Added to the list in 2017, the defensive system of Zadar, the charming coastal city, was built by the Venetian Republic between 15th and 17th centuries.
10. Beech forests of Sjeverni Velebit and Paklenica National Park
Another addition from 2017, these forests are a part of the primaeval beech forests of the Carpathians, stretching over 12 countries.