Knin Fortress, Knin

Knin Fortress is located near the biggest mountain in Croatia Dinara and near the source of the river Krka. It is the second largest fortress in europe and most significant defensive stronghold, 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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  • Anyway - worth a visit of the Castle and the restaurant offers good food and a beautiful view.
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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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  • Very interesting and expansive. I should have gotten a map and brochure or something. Take water as the only place to buy is at the entrance and this place is BIG. Lots of history but you don't get it walking around. Guy selling tickets gave a good over-view. I will be going back
  • Amazing and historical fortress dating back to the Byzantine empire. Even Napoleon of France once visited this great fortress. A must see for all travelers going to Croatia.
  • Fabulous fortress, located in a perfectly chosen location overlooking the Krka river and the surrounding valley. History can be practically experienced on every step of the tour throughout the fortress fortification walls and towers. You can even forge your coins, try u out different crown models etc. The fortress features a fine restaurant as well, offering very good price for money. Pancakes with marmelade (as well as many other dessert options) complete the flavour of this place. Attractive in the evening as during the daylight, when view of the surrounding mountains and river is highlight.
  • Very nice place to spend some time. Making coins, 👗 up like a queen | king. The restaurant was also very good.
  • Croatian medival fortress. In modern time very functional durin ww2 and balkan wars. Magnificent view

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