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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.Arrange your visit to Knin Fortress and discover more family-friendly attractions in Knin using our Knin trip builder.
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We drove up to Knin whilst staying in Split, around an hour and a half along almost deserted roads. At one point we passed signs warning of minefields, a sobering reminder of the recent war here. The ... more »
The fortress is located about 100 m above Town of Knin and there is great view from the fortress. If you visit fortress in the late afternoon you can experience amazing sunset particularly during the ... more »
Very nice fortress from medieval times with a great view from top. It is interesting to see lots of artifacts from different time. Nice room dedicated to croatian civil war. Ticket is cheap. more »
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Realy great fortress. Old town with fantsstic view.
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Very well preserved and very large fortress
Nice castle, beautiful view over the area.
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