Mysterious Islands, Strangest Monuments, Croatian Legends Explained; These are 12 Strange Places Found in Croatia !
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11. King’s Landing Croatia
10. Kupari, Croatia
9. Daksa Island
8. Island of Vis
7. Stone Flower Monument
This strange looking monument is found in Jasenovac and it’s reported to be on the site of a world war II concentration camp. This one was actually operated by Croatian officials when they were collaborating with the Nazis to get rid of serbians. The flower is made up of concrete and is built next to a reflecting lake. Everything is okay now and there is certainly no war in this country. People then head below ground and see a plaque which commemorates victims that are buried there. Estimates of the number of victims certainly vary but some say as many as 500,000 serbians lost their lives here. But in any case this pretty flower is a nice piece of artwork.
6. Brod Fortress
This fortress is found in the city of Slavonski Brod which was a strategic location in order to control trade routes to the East and into Turkey. This was constructed between 1715 to 1780. It housed up to 4000 soldiers with 150 cannons. Located on the border with Bosnia along the Sava River it was later used to house soldiers from the Yugoslav Army. Today it’s abandoned and it also makes for a perfect place to do a little urban exploration. There is really nothing stopping people from entering besides warning signs that there might be explosives but there really nothing to worry about! Parts of it have completely collapsed but falling roofs is just something you might be willing to risk to check this creepy place out.
5. Pula Arena
Don’t forget what country is right across the Adriatic Sea, that’s right! Italy is just on the westside and the country of Croatia is a hotspot for Italian tourists! Their roman ancestors built this magnificently well preserved arena around 27 BC. There are approximately 200 surviving Roman amphitheaters left in the world and this is a prime example. Imagine the seats, packed with blood thirsty crowds, waiting to watch gladiators fight for their lives! Below the arena there’s 15 tunnels which were used to release vicious wild animals onto the stage. Today it’s a little bit less violent and the arena is used for concerts, shakespeare plays and even an ice hockey match.
4. The Minefields
There’s places in Croatia that aren’t necessarily safe for tourists. There’s an estimated 50,000 landmines scattered across a 310 square mile area and signs are placed to warn people. This is mostly found near the border with Serbia where some of the most intense fighting in the 1990’s took place. Some even fear that migrants will unknowingly cross these fields in order to make it to Northern Europe. This tough 14 year old croatian boy plays with anti tank landmines that were found near his village. We assume they’ve been disarmed but who knows. Anyways, there’ve been efforts to clear out these landmines but it’s certainly an expensive and dangerous operation. So just stick to the beaches!
3. Podgaric Monument
What might look like the Millennium falcon... is actually A monument to the Croatian revolution. Whatever it is exactly we’re not really sure but it looks pretty cool. It’s located in Eastern Croatia and was designed by Dusan Dzamonja in 1967. This is actually is a unique piece of architecture that you wouldn’t see anywhere else but in Croatia. This overlooks a small man made lake and was instructed to be built by the long time dictator known as Tito. Many monuments from this era are lost or poorly preserved, but this one is in good condition compared to other places in the for Yugoslavian State.
2. Mirogoj Cemetery
Considered to be one of the most notable landmarks in the capital city of Zagreb, the cemetery welcomes members of diverse religious groups and is notable for its monuments to victims of fascism and terror. The Mirogoj arcade that we see here looks almost like a roman villa with the vines growing along the pillars and ceiling. The cemetery began construction in 1872 and now includes memorials to some of Croatia’s most famous leaders.
1. Haludovo Palace Hotel
You certainly won’t be checking into the Palace Hotel resort on the Adriatic Island of Krk anytime soon because it’s closed...Permanently… The hotel is named after a nearby beach and was certainly a hotspot for the rich and famous to live it up, and for a cheaper price than many destinations in Europe. In fact this place received an investment of 45 million dollars, from the American founder of Penthouse, Bob Guccione in 1972, and in close proximity to a casino. However this was mainly built to attract foreign gamblers and was somewhat restricted to non english speakers. Yugoslavia wasn’t exactly the hotspot among tourists that it is now but this Las Vegas style resort was still actually somewhat successful until the war broke out and tourism plummited. .