Monday, 7 March 2022

Sinj Tourist Board Successfully Holds 'Tourist in Your Town' (PHOTOS)

March 7, 2022 - On March 5, the jubilee, tenth educational 'Tourist in Your Town' event was held under the expert guidance of members of the Sinj Osinium Association of Tourist Guides and curator of the Franciscan Monastery Collection. The outing was organized by the Sinj Tourist Board. 

Citizens of Sinj, as well as numerous guests from Split, Trogir, Kaštela, Solin, and Omiš, had the opportunity to get to know the city's sights and invaluable cultural treasures inside the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and in the Collections of the Franciscan Monastery.

The aim of this free educational action is to popularize the historical and cultural heritage as one of the main factors for the development of tourism in Sinj, but also to raise awareness of its importance in society as a whole. It is important to emphasize the important role of local tour guides in the interpretation of cultural and historical heritage, traditional customs, and specifics of the region.

Thus, many participants enjoyed sightseeing and learned more about the Knight's Game Alka, Franciscan Classical Gymnasium, Palace, and Villa Tripalo, Stations of the Cross, Grad and Kamičak fortresses, all under the expert guidance of tourist guide Ivan Vuleta.

The curator, Fr. Mirko Marić, guided them through the impressive exhibits of the Franciscan Monastery Collection. Edo and Mirna Crljen took care of the flavors of Sinj's delicacies.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks all the participants and all those who helped them bring this to life! 

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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Sinj Tourist Board Organizes 'Tourist in Your Town' Event on March 5

March 2, 2022 - After last year's break caused by the pandemic, the Sinj Tourist Board is organizing the educational action 'Tourist in Your Town' for the 10th time!

Namely, since 1990, at the initiative of the World Federation of the Tourist Guides Association based in Vienna, February 21 has been marked as the International Day of Tourist Guides.

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On this occasion, the Sinj Tourist Board invites all esteemed fellow citizens and their guests to join in on Saturday, March 5 at 10 am at the Alkar Racecourse (next to the Alkar Monument), from where you will visit the Archaeological Collection of the Franciscan Monastery and have a tour of the Church of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj, numerous cultural and historical monuments, and the Kamičak and Grad fortresses (planned tour duration - 2.30 hours).

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The goal of this free educational action is to popularize the historical and cultural heritage as an important factor for the development of tourism in Sinj, but also to raise awareness of its importance in society as a whole.

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Do not miss the opportunity to see many city sights with expert guidance, but also the impressive exhibition of the Archaeological Collection of the Franciscan Monastery.

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In order to properly organize, please confirm your arrival by phone at 099 4500305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Get to Know Your Country: Free Tour of Sinj Organized

January 16, 2022 - A free tour of Sinj was organized on Saturday, January 15, as part of the 'Get to Know Your Country' project by the Croatian Tourist Guides Association.

On Saturday, January 15, as part of the 'Get to Know Your Country' project organized by the Croatian Tourist Guides Association, and on the International Recognition Day of the Republic of Croatia, the Sinj Tourist Board organized a free tour of Sinj, in cooperation with the Sinj Tourist Guides Association "Osinium," the Sinjska Alka Museum, the Cetina Region Museum, and the Sikirica Gallery.

On this occasion, many interested citizens of Sinj and the Cetina region, as well as visitors from Kaštela, Klis, Knin, Split, and Solin, visited the Cetina Region Museum where they explored the permanent exhibition "Statue of the Bible - the body of language from all continents" by Siniša Vuković, Sikirica Gallery and the exhibition of photographs "Angels" by Ivo Pervan, and the famous Sinjska Alka Museum, all with the expert guidance of Ivan Vuleta, tourist guide and Danijela Banović Petričević, curator of the Cetina Region Museum.

They helped participants learn more about the knightly city of Sinj, prominent people who influenced its development, numerous public sculptures, the Franciscan Classical Gymnasium - the first gymnasium in southern Croatia with Croatian as the language of instruction, Grad Fortress, the Church of Our Lady of Sinj - the largest southern Croatian Marian shrine, which includes the Image of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, the votive church at the Grad Fortress, the miraculous defense of the city of Sinj in 1715 and the significance of the Sinj Alka, a knight's game under UNESCO protection.

All participants received a 2022 calendar to remember the day from local and world-famous designer Boris Ljubičić. 

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Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Sinj Says Goodbye to 2021 in Style with Crvena Jabuka Concert

December 28, 2021 - Sinj will say goodbye to 2021 in style with an exciting all-day program announced by the Sinj Tourist Board. 

After the children's New Year's Eve event held at 2 pm on Dr. Franjo Tuđman Square, the enticing aromas of the most delicious Sinj cuisine - Sinj arambaši - will spread through the air. This holiday specialty is rightly on the list of the Ministry of Culture and Media as an intangible asset of the Republic of Croatia. Arambaši will be distributed for free for Sinj citizens and their guests, which will satisfy their palates until the evening hours and an unforgettable New Year's Eve program.

A favorite group of all generations, Crvena Jabuka, accompanied by Sinj local group Ljuta Kuća, will help the town say goodbye to 2021 and introduce 2022!

The program will be conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the applicable measures of the CNIPH.

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Thursday, 23 December 2021

Christmas Tree Decorated in Vranjača Pit on Kamešnica (VIDEO)

December 23, 2021 - Organized by members of the St. Jakov Mountaineering Society Speleo section from Bitelić and the HGSS Sinj branch, after last year's first Christmas tree decoration in the Krstača pit on Vrdovo, in accordance with tradition, a unique Christmas tree was decorated in the Vranjača pit in the Kamešnica area, about 50 meters deep, on Saturday, December 19. 

The Dinaric area is full of sinkholes, hidden pits, and caves, which unfortunately are often targeted by irresponsible individuals, and instead of serving a natural purpose, they are often turned into illegal dumps of various types of waste. This speleological section, in cooperation with numerous colleagues from all over Croatia, organized several ecological actions to clean the pits throughout the year and preserve them.

With the anticipation of Christmas, members of the St. Jakov Bitelić speleo section and the HGSS branch office in Sinj contributed to this year's Christmas mood and decorated the Christmas tree in a pit about 50 meters deep, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.

You can watch the video below:

 

Monday, 20 December 2021

Exhibition in Sinj to Showcase 300 Bibles in More than 100 Languages and Scripts

December 20, 2021 - A bible exhibition in Sinj will enhance this year's Advent with three hundred Bibles in more than 100 languages ​​and scripts. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
She was in the beginning with God.
Everything became after her
and without it nothing came of it. (Jn 1: 1-4)

Another exceptional event enhances the Sinj Advent program - the exhibition Statue of the Bible - the body of languages from all continents by the writer and publicist Siniša Vuković, who has collected the Bible in different languages for 20 years. The author of the exhibition came up with the idea of collecting Bibles spontaneously when he was on a pilgrimage to Rome in 1997, where he bought a Bible in Hebrew, and theologian friends gave him a copy in Spanish. The unusual hobby has grown into a desirable and valuable collection. Siniša Vuković is the owner of almost all editions of the Bible in Croatian - among the collected Bibles are invaluable examples such as Bartol Kašić (the oldest Croatian translation of the Bible from 1630 published only in 2000) and reprint of the first published edition of the Holy Scriptures of Matija Petar Katančić from 1831. A skilled dialectologist and guardian of Brač's heritage, Vuković even translated some parts into the peasant Chakavian language.

This exhibition brings valuable treasures of three hundred Bibles in more than 100 languages ​​and scripts received by the author from all over the world - from the ancient languages ​​in which the Bible was either written or transmitted: Hebrew, Ancient Greek, and Latin. Bibles from all European countries are represented, from Iceland and the Faroe Islands to Malta, Portugal to Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan to Syrian Peshitta, and Persian in Urdu. Almost all European languages ​​are represented, and several editions are in Cyrillic. In addition, bibles in unusual and exotic languages ​​and scripts in the Philippines and Japan, China and South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia will be on display, as well as more from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, Armenia, Saudi Arabia, to several African languages ​​in Algeria and Nigeria (Yoruba, Efik, Igbo) and local languages ​​from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia and even the Maori Bible from New Zealand.

The exhibition's opening is on December 20 at 7 pm at the Cetina Region Museum and can be visited until January 7, 2022. The exhibition is organized by the City of Sinj, the Sinj Tourist Board, the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj, and the Cetina Region Museum. 

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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Angels Exhibition by Split Photographer Ivo Pervan Announced at Sinj's Sikirica Gallery

December 16, 2021 - In the sweet anticipation of Christmas, Sinj's Sikirica Gallery is preparing an exceptional exhibition of photographs: Angels by Split photographer Ivo Pervan.

This Advent in Sinj, visitors will enjoy the beautiful light of these supernatural beings.

According to the photographer: "Photography is the universal language of our planet."

Pervan's angels will truly speak to visitors in the angelic language of divine messengers, and in this pre-holiday time, bring the much-desired peace that will be easily carried from heaven by their light wings.

The sculptures and images of angels shown in these photographs are done in different materials and techniques and from different stylistic periods. We will see depictions of angels from Croatian and European cathedrals, the famous Chagall angel, the angel of the Croatian painter Ivan Ranger and the oldest from the church of St. Sophia from the time before the church schism.

The Angels exhibition was organized by the association Prokultura from Split, the Sinj Tourist Board, and the City of Sinj, in cooperation with KUS and the Sikirica Gallery. The opening is on December 17 at 6 pm, and you can visit it until January 31, 2022. Musicians Mislav Norac and Mirna Alfirević will complete the evening with their magical musical notes.

Ivo Pervan was born in 1947 in Split. He started working in photography in high school, and after graduation, he continued to work as a freelance photographer. Since the 1990s, he has been cooperating with travel agencies and communities, and thanks to his exceptional talent, he has brought Croatia a number of international awards for posters with his photographs. He works tirelessly to preserve and promote Croatian cultural heritage and history.

The exhibition will take place in accordance with the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the applicable measures of the CNIPH. 

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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Sinj Christmas Fairy Tale Presented at Cetina Region Museum Tonight!

December 16, 2021 - As part of the ‘2021 Sinj Advent’ event, the Cetina Region Museum and the Sinj Tourist Board invites you to enjoy the Sinj Christmas fairy tale Liskan on a Christmas Adventure.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, December 16, starting at 6:30 pm at the Cetina Region Museum in Sinj.

With the address of the authors, curator of the Cetina Region Museum in Sinj, Daria Domazet and Anđela Vrca, and fairy tale illustrator Petar Radović, the fairy tale will be presented by Croatian poet, essayist, linguist, and literary critic Siniša Vuković.

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All visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the fairy tale interpreted by Croatian National Theater Split actress from Sinj, Katarina Romac.

The children's choir Glasnici Mira from Brnaz will enrich the program by performing.

The program will be held in accordance with all epidemiological measures.

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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Can You Name the World’s Smallest Town? (And a Few Other Superlatives in Croatia)

Can you name the smallest town in Croatia (and the world)? What about the biggest, oldest, or safest? Take a guess, and then check out our list of champion towns in six different categories

Did you know that the Croatian language doesn’t distinguish between the terms city and town? We call them both grad, which refers to an urbanized area with more than 10,000 inhabitants. Exceptions are made for less populated settlements if they have significant historical, economic or geographic features. 

If there’s one thing we don’t lack around here, it’s places of historical significance, and thus our technical nomenclature goes down the drain. You’ll often see very sparsely populated places being referred to as towns - what’s basically a village in terms of population could have easily had a status of a city in medieval times.

When you think about Croatian cities and towns in terms of superlatives - largest, oldest, safest - none of the leading tourist destinations make the cut. The biggest Croatian cities sure have their appeal, but this time around, we’re looking at a few peculiar title holders among Croatian towns.

 

Smallest: Hum

This medieval hilltop settlement located in central Istria is not only the smallest town in Croatia, but also referred to as the smallest town in the world. 

Its exact population is somewhat debatable: Hum had 30 residents at the time of the 2011 census, but more recent sources place the number closer to 20. We’re curious to see what the 2021 census data will show.

Entirely built in stone, Hum is also minuscule in size, but packs a handful of houses, one restaurant, two churches and a cemetery within its town walls. While it's not technically a town, its history, cultural significance and urban structure make it quite a distinctive settlement.

One of the many Istrian legends has it that the giants who built other central Istrian towns in the valley of the Mirna River used the leftover stone blocks to create Hum as one last masterpiece. 

It’s a place worth visiting on a tour of Istria: it’s incredibly picturesque and well preserved, is the last stop of the scenic Glagolitic Alley route, and is also the home of biska, a popular Istrian brandy made of rakija, white mistletoe and several other herbs. 

 

Largest: Gospić  

Based on population alone, the winner in this category would definitely be Zagreb - expected and a bit too boring for a list of this kind, so we’ll go for different criteria instead. What’s the biggest town in Croatia based on surface area?  

If you’d stick with Zagreb as the answer regardless, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, the biggest town in Croatia only has a population of about 6,500, but is larger in size than Paris, Berlin or Barcelona.  

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Gospić / iNekic Wikimedia Commons

The biggest town in Croatia is Gospić, with an impressive area of 967 square kilometres. The town itself definitely isn’t that big - it owes its staggering size to some 50 smaller settlements in its wider area that administratively belong to Gospić, as there are no other municipal units nearby to take them under their wing. 

Fun fact: Nikola Tesla, the groundbreaking inventor, was born in the nearby village of Smiljan and grew up in Gospić

 

Highest: Delnice 

Unsurprisingly, we’re heading to a mountainous area to look for an elevation champion. Located in the Gorski kotar region, the town of Delnice sits at an altitude of approximately 700m above the sea level. Its lowest point is situated at an altitude of 210m, and the highest at 1528m!  

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Delnice / Lan Vlad Wikimedia Commons

We’d be remiss not to mention Begovo Razdolje, officially the highest settlement in Croatia at an altitude of 1028m. It’s located in the same region, on the slopes of Bjelolasica mountain, and has a population of 40. While it’s not technically a town, it’s the only inhabited place in Croatia situated at an altitude over 1000m! 

 

Oldest: Vinkovci 

In a country that counts an amphitheatre and a Roman emperor’s palace among its cultural monuments, you’d probably look for the oldest settlement somewhere on the coast. And while it’s true that the Adriatic is lined with some of the oldest towns in Croatia, we have to look inland for the oldest of them all.

The town of Vinkovci in Slavonia has been continually inhabited for 8300 years, making it not only the oldest town in Croatia, but Europe as well! 

Vinkovci has a lot to be proud of other than its age: it’s the birthplace of two Roman emperors, home to the oldest known calendar in Europe, and hosts the biggest Croatian folklore festival. Check out the 10 things to know about Vinkovci in this dedicated piece

 

Youngest: it’s complicated

How to approach the concept of youth when it comes to a town? We can think of three main ways to look at it:

Among the 128 towns and cities in Croatia, Popovača is the one which gained the legal status of a town most recently. It used to be a municipality and was ‘upgraded’ to a town in 2013, effectively becoming the youngest town in Croatia in terms of administrative status. 

If we ditch the legal criteria and focus on how long it’s been since the inception of a certain settlement, the youngest town in Croatia is Raša. It’s located in south-eastern Istria and was purposely designed and built as a mining town in the 1930s during Mussolini’s colonization of the region. Two pairs of streets lined with former miners’ houses meet at the central square, where you’ll find the church of St Barbara, uniquely built in the shape of an overturned mining cart. 

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And finally, what about the population? Well, this is a tough one to track down as the demographic situation varies from year to year, and data isn’t always readily available. With apologies to any other town that potentially took over the title at some point, we’ll declare Solin to be the youngest town in Croatia population-wise. Located near Split in Dalmatia, Solin has a population of some 30,000 inhabitants, 6,500 of which are under 18 years of age. The average age in Solin is 34,3 years - well below the Croatian average of 43,6 which ranks us among the oldest populations in all of Europe.

 

Safest: Sinj

Croatia is widely considered to be a safe country overall. Its population definitely seems to think so: a recent report published by Numbeo and represented on a map by Landgeist shows that Croatia is one of the countries in Europe where people feel safest walking alone at night. It ranks second, after Slovenia - read more here

What’s the safest place in the second safest-feeling country in Europe, then? For this we turn to actual statistics in an annual report published by the magazine Zaštita and the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. They rank the 29 biggest Croatian cities and towns according to four separate crime rates (assaults, traffic offences, property crimes and drug abuse).

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Sinjska Alka © Romulic and Stojcic

The town of Sinj, located in the Dalmatian hinterland, ranked safest in Croatia four times in a row in recent years. It’s a nice title for Sinj and just one of things it’s known for - the most famous certainly being Sinjska Alka. 

Inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, Sinjska Alka is a traditional knight’s game held every year in August. It commemorates the victory of 700 Croatian soldiers over the army of 60,000 Turkish invaders in 1715 - a report from a reenactment of the battle is available here.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

2021 Sinj Advent Program is Here!

November 27, 2021 - The 2021 Sinj Advent program is here, with many festive things to enjoy this year, from an ice skating rink to gramophone records fair! 

The sweet anticipation of Christmas is slowly approaching. Socializing with the enticing aromas of mulled wine and delicious snacks guarantees a good time for all those who want to feel the Christmas magic through a handful of fun and unique events in a festive atmosphere.

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Many different events have been prepared for the youngest. They even have their own Children's Week called "Days of Joy, Games, and Peace" organized by the association Whole Life, which begins on the feast of St. Nicholas and lasts until the feast of St. Lucia. The Cetina Region Museum brings an edition of an exciting publication, and on the eve of St. Lucia, the customs and traditions associated with its feast. After polishing their boots well, the little ones will enjoy (but also perform) plays, music and dance performances, choir performances! The Sinj Tourist Board, organized by the Association Prokultura and in cooperation with the City of Sinj, the Sikirica Gallery, and the Cultural and Artistic Center, is setting up an exhibition of photographs "Angels" by the famous photographer Ivo Pervan.

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Numerous valuable and active associations from Sinj and Cetina region have taken several exciting events and actions. Visitors will enjoy concerts by Adastra, Piroman, Vocal Ensemble Jedinstvo, Ana Malovan, Sinj City Music and Mixed Choir, KUD Osinium, Vrilo, and in Disk pod Zvijezda, and the Sinj Majorettes Christmas show. KUD Cetina will take us back in time with its staging of Christmas Eve in the Cetina region, Sinj ferali will delight with an invitation to an evening of poetry and prose with music, and Sinj Folk Theater will contribute to the festive atmosphere with performances. Associations SRMA and Sinjski ferali will decorate the city. The commendable humanitarian action Santa's Equestrian Caravan will delight many children in this most magical time. On the eve of the Advent candle lighting, pilgrimages will be organized along the Path to Our Lady of Sinj from Dugopolje, Dicmo to Sinj. After prayers and blessings, pilgrims will join in the Advent candle lighting. There will be a gramophone records fair for the first time and, after many years, a skating rink!

The New Year's Eve celebration will begin with style: the youngest will be given a children's New Year's Eve organized by Sinj ferali, followed by Sinj culinary specialties, and finally, everyone will welcome the New Year.

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The Sinj Advent is organized by the City of Sinj, the Sinj Tourist Board, the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj, and numerous institutions and associations from the Sinj area.

The Advent program in Sinj will take place following the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the current measures of the CNIPH.

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