We spent some time exploring the area surrounding Primosten.
While touring the area, there were many little coves- I wanted to stop and photograph all of them!
This was one of the streets in the town of Sibenik. Sibenik is a historic town located where the river KrKa flows into the Adriatic Sea.
Unlike other cities along the Adriatic coast which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Sibenik was founded by Croats. Excavations of the castle of Saint Michael, have since proven that the place was actually inhabited long before the actual arrival of the Croats. Between the 11th and 12th century, the town was tossed back and forth between Venice, Byzantium, Hungary and the Kingdom of Bosnia.
After World War 1, Sibenik was occupied by Italy until 1921 when the Treaty of Rapallo was signed. The Italians gave up their claim on the city and it became part of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. During World War II, it was occupied by Fascist italy and Nazi Germany. After WWII, it became part of the SFR Yugoslavia until Croatia declared independence in 1991. During the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995), Sibenik was heavily attacked by the Yugoslav National Army and Serbian paramilitary troops. Although under- armed, the Croatian Army defeated the Serb forces and freed the occupied areas.
The Cathedral of Saint James. According to some sources, this church is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in Croatia. Since 2000, the Cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The bombings during the Croatian War of Independence, damaged many buildings and monuments including the dome of the Cathedral. The damaged areas of the city have been completed reconstructed. The building of the church was initiated in 1402. The church is built entirely of limestone from a nearby stone quarry and marble from the island of Brac.
Next stop was Trogir, another historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast. The historic city is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Ciovo. Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1997.
As usual, we walked all around the old section of town, exploring the streets.
An old fishing boat. Trogir was ruled by various empires until 1420 when the period of a long-term Venetian rule began. On the fall of Venice in 1797, the town became part of the Habsburg Empire which ruled the city until 1918 with the exception of French occupation from 1806 until 1814. After WW I, Trogir together with Croatia, became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and subsequently, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During this period Italian citizens who until 1918 were the ruling class and almost half of the population, were forced to leave for Italy. During WW II, the city was occupied by Italy and since then it belonged to the second Yugoslavia, and from 1991 to Croatia.
Trogir's culture was created under the influence of the ancient Greeks, and then the Romans and Venetians. Tourism is the most important economic factor in the region. The area has more than 20,000 beds in hotels and private apartments. The population in the area also thrives on agriculture and fishing. The most important industry is shipbuilding and between 1990 and 2004, 93 ships were built in the Trogir shipyard.
There were lots of narrow cobblestone streets in the old section of the town.
Roman, admiring his next purchase!