UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites of Croatia

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Written by Valentina Romano

If you are a big fan of Game Of Thrones—HBO’s most popular TV series—then you would surely want to go visit Croatia one day, as part of the show was shot over there.


A lot of people have no idea of the beauty of this country: of the crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and wonderful cultural sites that characterise Croatia.

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Thanks to the “unpopularity” of this country, which is most of the time off the tourists’ trails, going on holiday to Croatia would mean going on an adventure! First of all because this state is not as packed of tourists, so when there it is possible to have a truly authentic experience; and secondly because there are so many undiscovered places to visit, that you would always have something to do to keep you busy.

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Anyway, The Golden Scope chose to focus on Croatia for our weekly feature on “UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites of”. The sites described in today’s article are: Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč (under UNESCO since 1997); Historic City of Trogir (1997); The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (2000); Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979) and finally the Old City of Dubrovnik (1979).


Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč
This site presents the most integrally preserved Christian cathedral complex in the region. Built around the 5th and 6th century AC, the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica is a clear example of Byzantine architectural influences. The site is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istria County.
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Historic City of Trogir
Trogir is a medieval town that was built on the layout of a Hellenistic and Roman city. The whole town looks exactly like it used to look when it was first built, and thanks to this when in Trogir, it feels like jumping back in time. This site is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo.
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Cathedral of St James in Šibenik
Built between 1431 and 1535, the Cathedral of St James is located on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The three architects—Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino—who designed and built the cathedral, decorated the place with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children.
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Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian

The ruins of the Palace of Diocletian, which are spread all over the city of Split, can be dated back to the late 3rd and early 4th centuries AC. This site features different architectural characteristics from different eras: starting from the Roman Empire up until the late middle ages.
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Old City of Dubrovnik
The old city of Durbovnik is actually the place where part of Game of Thrones was filmed! The so-called ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is situated on the Dalmatian coast, and in the 13th century it became a very important city as from there it was possible to control the whole of the Adriatic Sea.
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