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The Knin town

The Knin's fortress on the Spas hill
Knin is situated 55km northeast from Sibenik to which it is connected by the road which leads from the coast to the hinterland. Due to its position, many centuries it was an important strategic center which controlled the roads.

The history of Knin goes back to the 6th and the 7th ct. at the times of the great migration of peoples, although numerous remains prove much older life in this area. In past Knin was one of the most important fortress in Dalmatia due to its geographic location and strong defense.

Very well preserved Knin fort on the Spas hill overlooking the town, proves it. Knin was the capital of the Croatian kings and it reached its prosperity during the reign of the King Zvonimir, between 1074 and 1088 and that's why the town is often called Zvonimir's town. Its strategic role played important part in many wars and power changes - beginning with the Croatian noblemen, Hungarian kings, Venetians, Turks, to Austrians and French. By the end of the 19th ct Knin ceases to be military-strategic center and since that period it grows steadily becoming important in economy and commerce and as road and railway transportation center.

Knin was not spared in recent Homeland War, too as it became the center of the rebels against the Croatian Republic. Nevertheless in 1995 above the town, at the top of the fortress, Croatian flag was hoisted. It meant the new beginning and renewal of development as well as the return of its inhabitants and their orientation towards the economic prosperity.

Knin area abounds in cultural and historical monuments, it is near the source of the river Krka and the National Park of the river Krka, it can offer to guests local features like widely known smoked ham, cheese and roast lamb which makes it interesting to many visitors. The surrounding areas of Knin are also known as mountaineering destinations in addition to the sports fishing and game hunting in the Burnum reserve. Burnum itself, which is only 18km far from Knin is also known for being an Illyrian settlement and from the year 33, it was a Roman military camp so some of its arches that belonged once to the military head quarters can be often seen on the visitors' photographs. If we add to all this Biskupija and, Kapitul extremely interesting archeological sites which date from the 10th ct. the only thing left to do is to look settling and it is available in many private homes.

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