Saturday, 7 May 2016

From Netherlands through Imotski to China - First Guest of the Autocamp Biokovo

The summer season is starting at the Autocamp Biokovo in Imotski. A relatively new project, as it only opened its doors last year.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

French Blogger about Vrlika, Vrgorac, Imotski and Sinj

Bernard Frantz visited Split and Inland Dalmatia last autumn and blogs about his experience at I-Voyges, describing Dalmatia as the most beautiful part of Croatia.

Monday, 25 April 2016

April Snow in Imotski (Video)

After so much sun, the end of April is cooling us down with some snow.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Imotski Discovered by the Ukrainian TV

After the Japanese TV crew last year, Imotski was visited by the Ukrainian TV these days. According to the Imotski tourist board, the goal of the Ukrainian was to make a documentary about Imotski for a very popular TV show.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

New App: Visit Imotski

Imotski tourist board issued a new mobile app "Visit Imotski" as a way of promoting the Imotski area and informing guest about the tourist offer.

Monday, 7 April 2014

City of IMOTSKI

Imotski is situated on the slopes of Podi hill just above the Imotski plane. The oldest traces of life in the wider surroundings of the town originate from prehistory with some findings from classical era. On the cliff overlooking the Blue Lake, the strong fortress Topana was built in early medieval age. In 10th century, it was the centre of one of eleven counties in the Croatian kingdom. In late 15th century, the fortress was conquered by Osman Empire. During their reign, Imotski has become important administrative centre, which is recorded in the verses of popular folk epic Asanaginica. After it was liberated from Ottoman Empire in 1717, the town has started to be formed over the time from scattered houses around the fortress. The town development was accelerated in late 19th and early 20th century. In mid-20th century Imotski has added industrial role to its administrative and trade roleS, and in recent times citizens started to hope for Imotski to become tourist centre thanks to its cultural heritage and natural beauties - Blue and Red Lake.


Area: 73 km2
Population 2011
- City: 33.253
- Urban: 10.213
Elevation: 300 m / 1.000 ft
Tourist Board:
- +385/21/ 842 221 :: +385/98/ 433 341
- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City suburbs:
Donji Vinjani, Glavina Donja, Glavina Gornja, Gornji Vinjani, Imotski, Medvidovića Draga

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy New Year from the Total Inland Dalmatia Team

It was a great year. Full of record breaking-results for Inland Dalmatia. Full of significant anniversaries, changes and happenings. I myself learned a lot about this beautiful and unique destination and want to thank you all for making it possible. To all people in Inland Dalmatia, to all its guests and visitors - Happy New Year!! Let us enjoy the beauties of the Dalmatian Hinterland every day.

Happy New Year from Dalmatia Explorer

Happy New Year from Klis (Grad na Kamenu Klis FB page)

 

Happy New year from Vrgorac tourist board (New Year´s Eve in Vrgorac from 1955-1956)

Happy New Year from Vrlika tourist board

Happy New Year from Sinj

Monday, 28 March 2016

Festival of the Guardians of the Tomb of Christ in Imotski

They call them "Žudije", the Guardians of the Tomb of Christ, usually dressed as Roman soldiers during the Holy Week, it is a tradition especially rooted in Dalmatia, where the oldest Žudije come from Metković and were established in 1857.

 
This year, the sixteenth in a row Festival of Žudije began by the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Church of St. Franje in Imotski, informs Dalmacija News.

 
Festival´s main motto was "To Love Each Other" and there were 35 parishes from Croatia and from Bosnia and Herzegovina with more than a thousand participants of the whole event.
 
 
The famous Croatian photographer Šime Stikoman made another of his "Millennium photos" with all participants of the festival and many locals from Imotski, who posed at the "Gospin Dolac" football stadium in Imotski.

Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

After 20 Years, Imotski will get a Cinema

(photo: CROPIX, Ante Juroš, Dalmacija News)

Works on the restoration and digitalization of the City Cinema in Imotski are in progress, informs Dalmacija News. The former movie theatre "Freedom" held several screenings per week in the 1980s. After years of inactivity, the cinema should start with one screening per week as soon as all necessary works are done.

Some time ago, the Ministry of Culture presented a project of digitalization and intependent cinemas across the country. The Community College in Imotski recognized this opportunity and responded on time fulfilling all requirements. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and the Community College Imotski, the Imotski cinema will be one of the 28 cinemas across the country to be digitalized.

 

Read the whole article here.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Topana Fortress Above Imotski: More than Two Centuries Under Turkish Rule..

The interesting series of articles published at the Dalmatinski Portal about ancient fortresses continues - conservator Ivan Alduk writes about the interesting Topana Fortress in Imotski. Read the whole article here.

 
The Topana Fotress lies high above Imotski. The Byzantine emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus mentions Imotski county in the mid of the 10th century as one of the eleven Croatian counties and its fortress above the gorge of the Blue Lake as its centre. During the works on the fortress in the 1980s, a stone pillar with early mediaval pattern from the 9/10th century was found - now kept at the Homeland Museum in Imotski.

(photos: Dalmatinski Portal)
 
The central and the highest part of the fortress was built during the 13th and 14th century, when the nobel families Nelipić and later Kosač were ruling this area. From that time, until the 18th century, the fortress undergoes a number of alterations. Imotski came under the Ottoman rule already in the 15th century and the fortress became the residency of the Kadi - a judge and a civil governor of a wider area. After almost 230 years of the Turkish rule, the fortress becomes a Venetian territory. After several days of bombing and occupation of the settlement under the fortress, the Turks surrendered and withdrew to the Ljubuški and Mostar. As the city was liberated on the feast of Our Lady of Angels (August 2), this day is celebrated as the Day of Imotski and it is one of the largest religious and folk ceremonies in Imotski. After the Turks left in 1717, the famous builder Ivan Macanović from Trogir was sent to Imotski to repair the fortress and  to renew the main entrance and walls. With the Turkish threat being over, the fortress lost its strategic value and was abandoned in 1816. This is when its deterioration starts. It was greatly damaged in the early 20th century by construction of a water tank on the highest plateau.

The fortress has an irregular shape, that follows the shape of the gorge, where it was built and it is 40 meters long. It was built on several levels, and the visible ruins date back to the 14th and 18th century with some earlier layers being archaeologically saved. It is naturally protected from three sides: by a lake from two sides and a dry and deep sinkhole (Jelavic or Our Lady dolac), where the small city stadium is located. The southern part of the fortress was a bit more accessible and a wall reinforced by buttresses was built here as a prolongation of the stone cliff. The fortress was surrounded by stone walls with loopholes, 1,5 meters thick, which were doubled and greatly altered in the late Middle Ages, due to the emergence of new firearms. The upper part of the fortress is divided into two parts: higher part with the entrance from the north-east corner -  residential area, water cisterns and dungeons and the lower part with the main entrance (above which the pastors flat was located) and the church of Our Lady of Angels from the 18th century. The lower part of the fortress is located on the south side and was defended by a wall with a round tower on the left side from the main entrance and partially by wooden palisades.

 

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