Stari Grad in Croatia

Wednesday, 2 March 2022 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage
Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie/cc-by-2.0

Stari Grad (“Old Town”) is a town on the northern side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia. One of the oldest towns in Europe, its position at the end of a long, protected bay and next to prime agricultural land has long made it attractive for human settlement. Stari Grad is also a municipality within the Split-Dalmatia County. The most ancient part of Stari Grad falls within the UNESCO Protected World Heritage Site of the Stari Grad Plain, while the entire municipality lies within the surrounding buffer zone.

Stari Grad was originally named Faros by the Greek settlers from the island of Paros, who arrived in 384 BC. While the name Faros is strikingly similar to the name of the Greek island the settlers arrived from, there is an alternate theory that it came from the previous inhabitants of the area. A great naval battle was recorded a year after the establishment of Pharos colony by a Greek inscription in Pharos (384 – 383 BC) and by the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus (80 – 29 BC), initiated by conflicts between the Greek colonists and the indigenous Hvar islanders, the Liburnians, who asked their compatriots for support. 10,000 Liburnians sailed out from their capital Idassa (Zadar), led by the Iadasinoi (people of Zadar), and laid siege to Pharos. The Syracusan fleet positioned in Issa was informed in time, and Greek triremes attacked the siege fleet, taking victory in the end. According to Diodorus, the Greeks killed more than 5,000 and captured 2,000 prisoners, ran down or captured their ships, and burned their weapons in dedication to their gods. This battle meant the loss of the most important strategic Liburnian positions in the centre of the Adriatic, resulting in their final retreat to their main ethnic region, Liburnia, and their complete departure from the Italic coast, apart from Truentum. In Roman times, the town became known as Faria, which was turned into Hvar by the incoming Slav population. When the administrative capital of the island was moved to today’s Hvar town on the south coast, the old town became simply known as Stari Grad (literally “old city” in Croatian).

© flickr.com - Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie/cc-by-2.0 © panoramio.com - qwesy qwesy/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - sanja mm/cc-by-3.0 © flickr.com - Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie/cc-by-2.0 © Sebastian Mierzwa/cc-by-sa-4.0 © F.G. comm/cc-by-sa-3.0 Central park © Samuli Lintula/cc-by-3.0 © Falk2/cc-by-sa-4.0
<
>
© flickr.com - Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie/cc-by-2.0
Stari Grad lies on the north side of the island of Hvar, at the end of the Stari Grad Bay, a deep water channel, protected to the north by the hills of the Kabal peninsula and by the high mountain ridge of Hvar to the south. The island’s best agricultural land opens up to the east of Stari Grad town. This fertile plain has been farmed since pre-historic times, and the Greek field layout is still largely intact, thanks to continuing maintenance over the years of its dry stone walls. In 2008, the Stari Grad Plain became a UNESCO protected world heritage site.

There are numerous bays on each side of Stari Grad Bay. One of the largest bays is Tiha, located on the northern side. Tiha is a perfect anchoring point as it is safe, and sheltered from all winds (the name Tiha translates to silent/calm). Zavala is a slightly smaller bay, but equally calm, with plenty of anchoring spots. The other side (south side) of Stari Grad bay, is quite higher, and offers smaller bays with hills meters away from the beach. Gracisce is one of those bays, with a pebble covered beach, and a thick pine forest just meters above. Closer to the city on the southern side there are a few beautiful beaches, such as the small sandy Maslinica bay. One more worth mentioning is Arkada, located underneath the hotel of the same name on the northern side, with a calm space for anchoring nearby.

Read more on Stari Grad, hvarinfo.com – Stari Grad and Wikipedia Stari Grad (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

De Koog on the island of Texel

De Koog on the island of Texel

[caption id="attachment_160946" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Public seal feeding at Ecomare © Traitor/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Den Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Texel, and lies about 17 km north of Den Helder. It is the main centre of tourism on the island. The small village is surrounded with many hotels and campgrounds. The village is located on the North Sea coast of the island. Only two narrow lines of dunes separate the village from the beach. ...

[ read more ]

Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia

Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia

[caption id="attachment_192697" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Masters Tournament logo made of flowers © flickr.com - pocketwiley/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Augusta National Golf Club, located in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the site of the former Fruitland (later Fruitlands) Nursery, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in January 1933. Its first club professional was Ed Dudley, who served in...

[ read more ]

The HMS Trincomalee

The HMS Trincomalee

[caption id="attachment_171029" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Stern © geograph.org.uk - Ian Petticrew/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]HMS Trincomalee is a Royal Navy Leda-class sailing frigate built shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. She is now restored as a museum ship in Hartlepool. Trincomalee is one of two surviving British frigates of her era—her near-sister HMS Unicorn (of the modified Leda class) is now a museum ship in Dundee. After being ordered on 30 October 1812, Trincomalee was built in Bombay...

[ read more ]

Beaver Building in New York City

Beaver Building in New York City

[caption id="attachment_221610" align="aligncenter" width="387"] © flickr.com - Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]1 Wall Street Court (also known as the Beaver Building and the Cocoa Exchange) is a residential building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City. The 15-story building, designed by Clinton and Russell in the Renaissance Revival style, was completed in 1904 at the intersection of Wall, Pearl, and Beaver Streets. The building is shaped similarly to a flatiron because of its posit...

[ read more ]

Chester in North West England

Chester in North West England

[caption id="attachment_153077" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Northgate Street © geograph.org.uk - John Firth/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chester, is a city in Cheshire, England. Lying on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales, it is home to 119,000 inhabitants, and is the largest and most populous settlement of the wider unitary authority area of Cheshire West and Chester, which had a population of 328,100. Chester was granted city status in 1541. A considerable amount of land in Chester is owned b...

[ read more ]

The Phoenix Lake in Dortmund

The Phoenix Lake in Dortmund

[caption id="attachment_153953" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lake Phoenix from East Shore © Rainer Halama[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Steel was refined in Dortmund-Hörde for 160 years. The name Phoenix stood for the blast furnace plant on the Phoenix-West site and the Hermannshütte oxygen steel plant on the Phoenix-Ost site. Structural change in the region brought the end of the steel era. In 2001 the plant site became one of the region’s many industrial wastelands. Phoenix is now however set to rise like the myth...

[ read more ]

Rafah in the Gaza Strip

Rafah in the Gaza Strip

[caption id="attachment_28024" align="aligncenter" width="482"] Gaza Strip map © Gringer/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rafah is a Palestinian city and refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. It is the district capital of the Rafah Governorate, located 30 kilometers (19 mi) south of Gaza City. Rafah's population of 153,000 (2014) is overwhelmingly made up of Palestinian refugees. Rafah camp and Tall as-Sultan camp form separate localities. When Israel withdrew from the Sinai in 1982, Rafah was split into a Gazan part a...

[ read more ]

Port de Pollença on Majorca

Port de Pollença on Majorca

[caption id="attachment_150894" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Chixoy/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port de Pollença is a small town in northern Majorca, situated on the Bay of Pollença. It is located about 6 km east of the inland town of Pollença and two kilometres southeast of Cala Sant Vicenç. The Cap de Formentor is connected to Port de Pollença via a 13.5 km road. Port de Pollença is the most northerly town in Majorca. It is split into several main areas: Pine walk, Boquer, Central, Siller, Pinaret, Llen...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Leinster - Bray

Theme Week Leinster - Bray

[caption id="attachment_234876" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Esplanade Hotel © Photogoddle/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bray (Irish: Bré) is a coastal town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. It is situated about twenty km (12 mi) south of Dublin city centre on the east coast. It has a population of 32,600 making it the ninth largest urban area within Ireland (at the 2016 census). Bray is home to Ardmore Studios, and some light industry is located in the town, with some business and retail parks on its southern per...

[ read more ]

Leeuwarden in Friesland

Leeuwarden in Friesland

[caption id="attachment_172025" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © panoramio.com - L-BBE/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Leeuwarden is a city and municipality with a population of 108,000 in Friesland in the Netherlands. It is the provincial capital of the States of Friesland. The Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), an ice skating tour of eleven cities in Friesland, started and finished in Leeuwarden. The region has been continuously inhabited since the 10th century. It came to be known as Leeuwarden in the early 9...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
in Warnemünde, Germany © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0
The Regal Princess

Regal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc, and is...

Holy Island © flickr.com - Chris Combe/cc-by-2.0
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne, also called Holy Island, is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England, which constitutes the civil parish...

© Lourdes Cardenal/cc-by-sa-3.0
Campo de Criptana in Castilla–La Mancha

Campo de Criptana is a municipality and town in the province of Ciudad Real in the autonomous community of Castilla–La...

Close