Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast – Krk Town

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Krk is the main settlement of the island of Krk. It is located on the southwest coast of the island and is the historical seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Krk. On the opposite side of the bay of Punat, the community of Punat with one of the most famous marinas in the northern Adriatic, the Punat Marina, is located.

The city is ancient, being among the oldest in the Adriatic. It has been continuously inhabited since Roman times and was once part of the Byzantine Theme Dalmatia after the Western Roman Empire had fallen to the barbarians. Roman ruins can be seen today in some parts of the town, for example mosaics in the houses. The city had also preserved many medieval fortifications, including Frankopan Castle close to the Kamplin park, and part of the city walls built during the five centuries when the Republic of Venice ruled the city.

© Journey234 City harbor © Gaja/cc-by-sa-4.0 Harbour promenade © Berthold Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0 Main town gate and guard tower © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-4.0 Market Square © Berthold Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0 Market Square © Colin Pelka Church of St. Dunat near Krk © Bzmarko
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Main town gate and guard tower © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-4.0
The main square of the old city is called Kamplin: which is derived from the Latin word “campus”, meaning field. During Roman times, a training area was located here close to the thermal Roman spas. The remnants of the temple columns at the square gives witness to a large building from Roman times. In the 13th century one of the “cadet branches” of the aristocratic Italian Frangipani family settled in the city and gave rise to the Croatian family of the Frankopan. Krk was the last Croatian island to be occupied by the Venetians. Krk and surrounding area were known for large use of glagoljica. In 19 th century the city was center of Illyrian movement.

The city was once known for its unique Romance language called Vegliotic (one of the two main branches of the extinct Dalmatian language), which was spoken until the early 19th century. There was a large Italian community in the city but Italy eventually gave up the island in favor of Yugoslavia in 1921 (when the city was officially called Krk for the first time), and many of its Italian-speaking residents subsequently left for Istria and Italy. The city was temporarily occupied by D’Annunzio in 1921 and twenty years later was integrated into the Italian Province of Fiume (today Rijeka) between 1941 and 1943. Josip Broz Tito‘s Partisans liberated the city in 1944. There it is still a small indigenous Italian community, represented within the “Unione Italiana” of Croatia.

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