“DID YOU KNOW?” about Croatia
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“DID YOU KNOW?” about Croatia is a post dedicated to the less known facts about our beautiful country. We will reveal great things about your next holiday destination.

Let’s start with these 25 less known facts.

1. FACT: The smallest town in the world is Hum in Istria. It has a population of only 17 people, but is officially a town. This small fortified habitation has maintained all the features of medieval urban architecture and organization.

2. FACT: The parachute was invented in the 17th century. By Faust Vrančić. He was also the designer of the first wind turbine. 

Did you know? about Croatia | Jamming Adventures Travel Blog3. FACT: The carnival in Rijeka is not only the biggest in Croatia but also one of the most enticing carnivals in Europe. The parade is made up of around 150 colorfully costumed groups from different countries. Numerous fairy tale characters and beautiful imaginative creatures take over Rijeka.

4. FACT: The necktie, worn by businessmen around the world, was invented in Croatia and is locally known as ‘cravat.’ It was initially part of the uniform of Croatian soldiers and later adopted by the French in the 17th century. To celebrate World Tie Day, a huge necktie was worn around the Arena in Pula, one of Istria’s cities.

5. FACT: The Dalmatian breed of dog originates from Croatia.

6. FACT: Croatia’s currency, Kuna, is named after a small agile animal with brown fur, marten in English, based on the use of marten pelts of value in medieval trading. 

7. FACT: The last specimen of the Mediterranean seal lives in the Croatian aquatorium.

8. FACT: The last oasis of European white-headed vulture is located on the island of Cres.

9. FACT: Croats have their own, Glagolitic script that was used in 18th century and still taught in some schools in Istria.

10. FACT: The only national costume in Europe, showing women’s legs above the knees is worn by women on the island of Susak.

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11. FACT: The White House in Washington, D.C. was built with the stone brought from the island of Brac.

12. FACT: In its summer issue US women’s magazine Marie Claire has declared Dubrovnik’s Banje beach to be ‘the third most beautiful beach’ in the world.

13. FACT: The first quarantine in Europe was established in Dubrovnik in the 14th century.

14. FACT: Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in Dubrovnik.

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15. FACT: The Roman emperor Diocletian built a palace in Dalmatia in 305 A.D., which became the foundation of today’s city of Split.

16. FACT: First hydro power plant in the world was ‘Iskrice‘, made in the city of Šibenik, on the river Krka in 1895.
17. FACT: The smallest cathedral in the world is located in Nin, near Zadar.
18. FACT: The most successful skier in the history of winter Olympic Games is the Croatian skier Janica Kostelić, even though Croatia is a country without skiing tradition? She won 4 golden and 2 silver Olympic medals.
19. FACT: Furthermore, the oldest communal theater in Europe is in Hvar.
20. FACT: Marco Polo, the world-renowned 13th century adventurer, traveler and merchant, was born in 1254 on the Dalmatian island of Korčula. Therefore even today, there are people on the island, who bear the same family name.

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“DID YOU KNOW?” about Croatia

21. FACT: One of the most famous beaches in Europe is located only a short boat rides away from Split. Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is a narrow white pebble beach on a promontory near Bol, a small village in the island of Brač.

22. FACT: The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layer glass panels set on the same level as the quay paving, in the form of a circle having a diameter of 22 meters. Beneath the conducting glass panels are photovoltaic solar modules providing symbolic communication with nature for the purpose of communicating.
23. FACT: Sea organs are different from classical organs by the fact that the energy for creating sound is given by the sea or more precisely, sea waves. You can find those organs on the seafront of the town of Zadar. Therefore, on that part of the seafront it has cascaded levels 75 meters long (90 yards) with the tones and chords made on the matrix of Dalmatian song. Sea organs were opened in 2005 and their creator, engineer Nikola Bašić, won the European award for urban public space for that project.
24. FACT: Kornati archipelago is the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. So, it consists of 140 islands, some large, some small, in a sea area of about 320 square kilometers. It is one of the most popular nautical tourist spots in the Adriatic.
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25. FACT: Both Spain and Croatia have the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods in any European country. Including lace making, gingerbread baking, and wooden toy carvings!

Bonus Fact: Since Croatia has an unknown number of dialects. Those dialects can make it difficult for Croatians to understand each another.

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