The brilliant mind of Nikola Tesla saved the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes

Mali prštavci Photo credit by NP Plitvice lakes

Mali Prštavci Photo credit by NP Plitvice lakes

It is difficult to write about Tesla because every piece of information has a sequel. Every lead has a reason or a background story.

This story will bring a line from life about Plitvice and Tesla…
Memorial center Nikola Tesla, Smiljan, Lika, Croatia

Memorial center Nikola Tesla, Smiljan, Lika, Croatia

Nikola Tesla, a scientist, and visionary from Lika, village Smiljan, near Gospić, took part in the discussion at the City Assembly on the introduction of electric public lighting in the city of Zagreb in 1892, during the time of Mayor Milan Amruš. A final solution was expected from Tesla scientists.

Photo credit by archives of NP Plitvice Lakes

Photo credit by archives of NP Plitvice Lakes

The proposals were hydroelectric power plants on the rivers Mrežnica near the city of Karlovac or the river Korana near Plitvice Lakes, in order to provide sufficient energy for the needs of public lighting in the city of Zagreb. Since the river Mrežnica did not provide enough power for such a project, the strength of the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls was considered.

“I see it as my duty, as a son of his country, to help the City of Zagreb in every way by advice and deed.” said Nikola Tesla on the 24th of May 1892 about the idea of constructing the alternating current power plant in Croatia.

Sastavci & Veliki Slap, photo credit by archives of NP Plitvice Lakes

Sastavci & Veliki Slap, photo credit by archives of NP Plitvice Lakes

The scientist and visionary from Lika once again proved his greatness. He believed that according to his calculations, the energy of the waterfalls would power the lighting of 25,000 light bulbs and not only 3,000 as was enough at the time, but it would destroy many waterfalls of the Korana River and Lake Kaludjerovac, which is by no means an option.  

Plitvice National Park, photo by Zoran Jelača

Plitvice National Park, photo by Zoran Jelača

After visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park and after seeing Lake Kaluđerovac and the Korana waterfalls, Nikola Tesla calculated the water flow. The project was abandoned, and a scientist from Lika offered a new solution using his invention of alternating current in Zagreb’s vicinity.

Tesla, a brilliant mind born in Croatia, in Lika, is one of the most quoted and most frequently mentioned people of the modern world whose name today ‘drives’ the most famous electric car. The contemporary world would not be possible without Nikola Tesla because we would not have a remote control, refrigerator, radio. There would be no internet.

Silence print. NATURE MODE ON. 🙂

When you go to Croatia we recommend a visit to the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center in Smiljan, built in the birthplace of the world scientist.

Memorial center Nikola Tesla, Smiljan, Lika, Croatia

Memorial center Nikola Tesla, Smiljan, Lika, Croatia

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