A few interesting facts. Everybody loves a little bit of trivia. Maybe you’ll find Croatia very interesting (we promise: it really is!) and start to plan your vacation there. There are many more interesting things we will present in the future.
Be ready to fall in love with Croatia!!
- That the people from Bednja, a village in North Croatia cannot understand the fishermen from the farthest populated Croatian island Lastovo because they speak using completely different dialects of the Croatian language?
- That Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia in the village Smiljan? (And that he refused to accept the Nobel prize because he had to share it with Edison?)
- That The White House was built using stones from Croatia’s island Brač?
- That neckties come from Croatia?
- That the most preserved Roman amphitheater is located in Pula which is the only one in the world with all 3 rows completely preserved?
- That Dalmatian dogs (seen in the movie 101 Dalmatians) got their name after Dalmatia a south coastal region in Croatia?
- That the smallest town in the world according to Guiness World records is Hum in the central part of Istria? It has only 23 inhabitants.
- That Croatia is the homeland of the famous merchant traveler Marco Polo?
- That Croats had their own alphabet called “glagoljica” (eng. Glagolitic) that was in everyday use until the 18th century?
- That the most successful skier in the history of winter Olympic games is the Croatian skier Janica Kostelić and that Croatia is a country without skiing tradition? She won 4 Olympic golden and 2 silver medals.
- That Croatia has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik (1979); Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979); Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979); Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Center of Porec (1997); Historic City of Trogir (1997); The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik(2000); and Stari Grad (Hvar) Plain (2008).
- The Roman emperor Diocletian built a palace in Dalmatia in 305 A.D., which became the foundation of today’s city of Split.
- That Penkala (mechanical pencil) was invented by Slavoljub Penkala in 1906, and the patent was registered in 35 countries through the world. Company TOZ – Penkala (Zagreb pencil factory), still exist today in Zagreb.
- That The traditional military costume with painted scarves knotted at the neck attracted the attention of the French court. This “Croatian elegant style”, which was completely unknown in Europe until then, became accepted at the French court around 1650 and became a fashionable clothing item among the bourgeoisie of the time as a symbol of culture and elegance”.
- That of Croatia’s 1000+ islands, 66 are inhabited?
- That the eighth deepest cave in the world Lukina cave with a total depth of 1,392 m is situated in the heart of the national park Sjeverni Velebit at an altitude of 1,475 m above sea level.
- That n Krapina (near Zagreb), prof. Dragutin Gorjanovic Kramberger discovered the richest collection of remains of Neanderthal people in the world on a site. The Krapina Neanderthal Museum covers a surface area of around 1,200 m² and is one of the most modern museums in Croatia and central Europe.