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Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 1 of 3

2021-05-26
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The Republic of Croatia is a beautiful European country located at the crossroads connecting Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. The nation borders Slovenia, Hungary, and several other countries. Croatia features beautiful islands, silver beaches, and blue sea off of its coast. Its mainland has a number of mountain ranges, with Dinara Mountain being the highest peak. Due to its geographic location, Croatia enjoys a moderately warm climate, so the country is suitable for both peaceful living and comfortable travel. Its history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty make Croatia one of the most visited of all Mediterranean destinations.

In addition to being popular with visitors, Croatia also takes proactive action to preserve its history, natural resources, and environment by promoting sustainable travel and eco-friendly accommodations. The country is also home to several minority ethnic groups such as the Serbs, the Bosniaks, the Hungarians, the Slovenians, the Czechs, and the Romani people. Although more than 86% of the population is Roman Catholic, freedom of religion is a right that is fully protected by the Croatian constitution.

Croatia is an important artistic and architectural center in southeastern Europe. We’ll now present some examples that showcase the architectural splendor of this beautiful land. Most of these historical places have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s best-preserved examples of Roman architecture, is a massive structure built between 295 AD and 305 AD by the Roman emperor Diocletian. The Cathedral of Saint Domnius in Split city was built between 295 AD and 305 AD, and stands as the oldest of European cathedrals. It is also the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral remaining in use in its original form. The Euphrasian Basilica is one of the best preserved early Christian complexes and is considered one of the world’s most significant historical monuments. The most unique and largest treasures of the Euphrasian Basilica are the magnificent mosaics on the apse. Its central part is decorated with scenes of the Mother of God enthroned with Christ and surrounded by archangels.

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