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Knin Fortress, Knin

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Knin Fortress is a partially ruined fortress located just above Knin, Croatia. It is one of the biggest and most significant defensive strongholds, and a historical town in the Šibenik-Knin County in the Dalmatian hinterland. The construction of the fortress started as early as 9th century, while the current state was brought up in 17th and 18th centuries. It reached its peak during the reign of Demetrius Zvonimir, King of Croatia from 1076, as it served as a political center of the Croatian Kingdom under him.Location and descriptionIt is situated on the main transport corridor leading from Dalmatia to continental Croatia and Bosnia. The Knin Fortress lies on top of the steep Spas mountain, just 100 meters (328 ft) above the Croatian town of Knin, whose historical location was formed quite early at the foothills of the same mountain. Archaeological excavations date that this area was populated since the 6th century. It is 470m long, and 110 meters (361 ft) wide, elevated at 345m above the sea. The original look of the building, because of the lack of its material, isn't completely known. According to other similar fortifications from that time, it is assumed that it was surrounded by high walls, while the construction was accommodated to the terrain; it is environmentally secured by steep slopes on some places.The fortress comprises three parts: northern, middle and southern. Each part of the fortress is protected by loopholes and gun holes, and is connected to other parts by the city gates and drawbridges. The formation of the northern section, according to recent research, happened from the middle of the 8th century to the end of the 11th century.
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  • The fortress at Knin is very large and a good site to spend an hour or two in the late afternoon when the sun is not that hot anymore. About one hour drive from Sibenik. Ample free parking available o...  more »
  • The view from the fortress is beautiful. Count 30 kuna per person to visit (which we did not)
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  • I've never seen such a huge castle complex. The entrance fee is 20 kN per person and you get a fantastic view. A must-have if you have a round trip in Croatia. We are through random there long shut, because we wanted to see only the fortress of Klis and spontaneously suspended in Knin. Just great.
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  • Very well renewed fortess with many opened museums of all kinds, lots to look around and see, amazing view, military has exercise there 😯
  • Great landmark with a fantastic view. Nice local restaurant located within.
  • The best place to visit in Knin. You're gonna love it.
  • Interesting!it have many places to see
  • Realy great fortress. Old town with fantsstic view.

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