Interesting Facts about Croatia
Interesting Facts about Croatia
You might know about what makes Croatia special and popular, the numerous interesting historical sights and monuments scattered around the place. The Diocletian Palace in Split, The famous walls of Dubrovnik, the greetings to the Sun in Zadar all are famous and well known things about Croatia but there is a lot more you can find out about this country. 🙂
Location: Croatia is located in Central and Southeast Europe, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Size: 56,594 square kilometres
Population: 4.28 million
Location: Split is located on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic sea.
Surface: 79.38 km², the second largest city in Croatia
Location: Zagreb is located Northwest of the country, along the Sava river.
Surface: 641 km² , the capital of Croatia along with being the largest city.
Location: Rijeka is located in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County on Kvarner Bay.
Surface: 44 km² , the third largest city in Croatia
Location: Zadar is located on the Northwest part of Ravni Kotari region
Surface: 25 km²
Location: Trogir is positioned on a small island in between the mainland and Čiovo island
Surface: 35 km²
Location: Omiš is situated about 25 km south-east of Croatia’s second largest city, Split
Surface: 266 km²
1. Zagreb is Croatia’s capital, but it wasn’t the capital always as the town of Nin in Dalmatia and Varaždin have both been capitals at some point in history
2. The oldest inhabited city of Croatia is Vinkovci, having been inhabited for 8,000 years now
3. Split has a genuine Egyptian Sphynx statue that Emperor Diocletian brought all the way from Egypt to adorn the entrance to his tomb
4. Croatia is also the place where the famous dog breed “Dalmatian” comes from.
5. A delicious type of chocolate, rice chocolate was invented in 1963. at Zvečevo factory
6. Croatia has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible goods of any European country together with Spain
7. One of the most beautiful sunsets according to Alfred Hitchcock in located in Zadar, along with the first piper organs played by the sea
8. The great inventor of modern electricity is Nikola Tesla, born in Smiljan, Croatia
9. Dubrovnik isn’t solely known for being “King’s Landing” thanks to Game of Thrones. The town being known as the “Adriatic Pearls” in the 19th century.
10. Croatia had their own alphabet called the Glagolitic alphabet. The alphabet being used from the 12th century to around the 19th century.
11. The Roman amphitheater is the sixth largest amphitheater in the world along with being the only one that has all 3 rows preserved.
12. Croatia also has an endangered seal species, the Mediterranean seal in it’s waters.
13. A large majority of people claim to know at least 1 foreign language.
14. Croatia is home to the smallest town in the world, Hum. With a population of merely 20 people.
15. The richest dig of Neanderthals remains is in Krapina in central Croatia.
16. Hvar island is the brightest town in Europe, having 2,800 hours of sunshine across the year. That’s more than Sydney Australia.
17. The famous beach, Golden Horn, changes it’s shape according the strong winds.
18. The necktie, the staple of business and formal wear was developed in Croatia.
19. The biggest necktie in the world, holding a Guiness World Record was 808 meters long. It took 5 days to complete and the necktie was tied to Pula amphitheater.
20. The everyday mechanical pencil, creator Slavoljub Penkala is from Croatia.
21. Zagreb was formerly called Agram.
22. The pioneer of fingerprinting Ivan Vučetić was born on the island of Hvar before he moved to Argentina.
Croatia really is a particularly interesting country. Most people know about the interesting things about Croatia like the Diocletian Palace, Walls of Dubrovnik, etc. but not many people know about the small little statistics of the towns 🙂
But if you want to see an outsider’s perspective of what they thought about Croatia we urge you to check JetSettingFools, having several travel blogs revolving around Croatia from Top 10 things to see in Split, 2-week itinerary of Croatia and a whole blog post about the Diocletian’s Palace in Split that are a fun and educational view of this lovely country. They were beyond lovely guests that we had a pleasure meeting 🙂
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