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The city of Skradin

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:10

The city of Skradin, as a local self-government unit, encompasses the total surface area of 186, 79 km2. There are 21 settlements: Skradin – the seat of self-government unit, Bićine, Bratiškovci, Bribir, Cicvare, Dubravice, Gorice, Gračac, Ićevo, Krković, Lađevci, Međare, Piramatovci, Plastovo, Rupe, Skradinsko Polje, Sonković, Vaćani, Velika Glava, Žažvić and Ždrapanj. The entire area, according to the 2001 census, has a population of 3986. Skradin was first mentioned in written documents more than 2000 years ago (under the roman name Scardona). Throughout the history it served as the centre of the region and also as Bishop’s seat. Today its historic core is under the protection of the Ministry of Culture.

Be the heart of the perfection

When talking about the 6000 years long history of Skradin, historians, always looking for rational reasons, try to explain its continuity by looking at its geographical and geostrategic position. However sometimes people can be wiser than the history and the truth is often much simpler than expected.

Skradin is magical in every way – in its loud morning silence that sneaks under your skin; in the thunderous traditional “klapa” song that touches your heart; in the serenity of the Visovac monastery and in the burst of water drops of the Skradinski Buk waterfall; in food that comes fresh directly to your table, skilfully evading refrigerators and freezer in order for you to completely enjoy its supreme taste and aromas. That is Skradin- small, picturesque and filled with flavour, located where the river passionately embraces the sea. That is Skradin – perfect for the last 6000 years.

 

Town core

Skradin is a romantic Mediterranean town full of narrow paved streets, passages, vaults and stairs. The entire town core is a protected cultural monument.  It still has many houses dating from the 18th and 19th century. They are stuccoed in the manner typical for Venice and the regions which were under its influence.

On the streets of Skradin you will enjoy the pleasant atmosphere typical of a small Dalmatian town; especially during the celebration of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary or during the Skradin festival of klapa singing. Klapa singing is a multipart a capella singing tradition of the Croatian Adriatic.

 

The secret of Skradin

At first sight the peaceful shores belonging to the city of Skradin probably will not reveal the secret of their 2000 years long town culture. “Town culture?” you may add, “But no more than 500 people live there!” you may notice. However, numbers do not make a city. It is the sense of connection among its people, their respect for public goods and social norms. A city is a state of mind and a way of life – and there lays the secret. The secret of the ancient Skradin is hidden in the unity of its good strategic position, fertile fields, depths of its rivers and the sea and in its intriguingly beautiful scenery. This unity was also transferred to the social community through the Medieval Statute of the town, written in Latin at the beginning of the 14th century. That was the time when Skradin was the capital of Croatia and Bosnia under the glorious rule of Pavao Šubić. The original manuscript of the Statute is kept in Venice in St. Mark’s Library.

Going further, in the 4th century Skradin was the centre of the early Christian diocese. Even earlier than that, it was the capital of the roman province of Liburnia, and before that, the capital of Liburnia.

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