Skradin: A rich history of a small town

The little town of Skradin was, at one time or another, the capital of the Roman province of Liburnia, the center of the early Christian diocese and the capital of Croatia and Bosnia. All this left its mark on its streets and squares.

The town core of Skradin

Skradin is probably the smallest town in the world with such a rich history. Throughout the past twenty three centuries it has changed states and has repeatedly been the capital city! The small town core is therefore a right miniature of different architectural styles; in Turkish times there were four mosques in Skradin while the Venetian government also left its trace there. The historical patina of the town can be felt with the first step onto the stone quay, which has been here since the time of the Roman harbor! The whole town core is a protected monument of culture, with houses mostly dating back to the 18th and 19th century. They are plastered in a typical Venetian style.

Bribirska glavica

Bribir is a place just a dozen miles from Skradin, situated on a 300 meter high hill. This historic site is today known as Bribirska glavica, and because of the mystical union of nature and ancient buildings it is rightfully called the Croatian Troy. For a full six thousand years Bribir was the central settlement of the entire region. The old Liburnian settlement was inherited by the Roman town Varvaria, and with the arrival of Croats, it became the mythical Bribir of the Croatian feudal ruler ban Pavao ŠubiĆ Bribirski.

This archaeological site shows clear and richly interwoven layers of turbulent history. Along with ancient sarcophagi, cisterns and ceramic coolers, Liburnian and Roman two meter thick walls, the remains of sacred objects make an extensive collection of exhibits from prehistoric times to the late Middle Ages.


The 1800 to 1900-year-old graves of Roman nobles were discovered at the site of Maraguša. Very valuable pieces of jewelry and various items of glass and metal were also found at the site. This famous archaeological site from the time of Roman Scardona recently once again attracted the attention of the general public for the recent valuable excavations, such as the seven glass tear vials. Currently there is an ongoing excavation of the ancient Roman road that leads to Skradin. The archaeological park will certainly attract an large number of visitors.

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