List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with its Cultural Heritage and Natural Heritage includes cultural monuments, monuments of nature or both cultural and natural monuments that can be found in 153 states. In Croatia, there is one National Park that belongs to the natural heritage and seven cultural heritage sites.
The historic complex of Split and the Diocletian’s Palace is a cultural site, and with our all day tour you can experience the city of Split and Plitvice Lakes National Park that are both listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. We offer you three more tours to visit Plitvice Lakes, and it is up to you to choose the one that suits you best (Plitvice Lakes tour, Zadar via Plitvice Lakes tour, From east to northwest tour).
The old town of Dubrovnik is one of the most visited historical and tourist destinations in Croatia, and it is also listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik is the birthplace of significant Croatian poets, dramatists, and scientists, and it was extremely important for the development of Croatian language. See for yourself! The Euphrasian Basilica in the historic center of Poreč is also on the UNESCO list, and in this tour, you will see sites chosen for you by travel experts asked for exploring Croatia.
If you are wandering across Istria, here is the answer to your favorite question! The historical town of Trogir was founded by Greek colonists and is considered to be the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic city in Central Europe. It is a wonderful example of a medieval town built on the proper structure of the ancient city. The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik is an architectural achievement of exceptional values of the 15th and 16th centuries and is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage since 2000.
Stari Grad Plain is a protected cultural landscape where ancient Greek land division has remained untouched as a system of roads and terraced plots. The best preserved ancient Greek cadastre in the Mediterranean! Since 2016., Stećci are also listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. We are talking about medieval monolithic stone monuments that can be found on the territory of today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina and parts of Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia. There are 28 necropoles listed in the World Heritage List, of which two are in Croatia (Cista Provo, Konavle).
Croatian Intangible Heritage
In 2006, a list of the Croatian Intangible Heritage was added to the World Heritage List, such as oral tradition, art performance, social customs, rituals, festivals and other meaningful and recognizable customs. Lacemaking in Croatia, dating back to the Renaissance, is a traditional handwork of making lace with sewing. In Croatia, lacemaking was made by women in smaller rural areas, while in the rest of Europe it is most commonly associated with female church leaders, aristocracy, and nobility. Three main centers with a long tradition of Lacemaking in Croatia are Lepoglava, Pag, and Hvar.
Two-part Singing and Playing in the Istrian Scale is a complex style of folk music that is most commonly associated with the area of Istria and the Croatian Littoral. In vocal music, characteristic color of tone is achieved by powerful singing, partly through the nose. The festivity of St. Blaise, Patron Saint of Dubrovnik, based on the legend of St. Blaise who helped people in the defense against the attackers. The Central event of the festivity is the long procession down the main Dubrovnik street, Stradun. Residents of the city and its surroundings, representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, other parts of Croatia and neighboring countries participate in this Festivity. Spring procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (Queens) from Gorjani, custom originates from the ancient times of the Slavs. In the spring girls from the village of Gorjani perform a ritual composed of special songs and dances with sabers. Annual Carnival Bell Ringers’ Pageant from the Kastav Area, groups of men visit local villages, and in long walks, along with traditional paths, they are dressed in sheep skin and wearing bells. Every year this starts at 17th of January and ends on Ash Wednesday when they burn a cartoon doll, and then they have joint dinner.
Procession Za Križen (Following the Cross) on the Island of Hvar starts from six parish churches, and each procession is led by the cross carrier who is carrying a cross that weights up to eighteen kilograms. It is a ritual of exceptional piety and cultural identity.
Traditional Manufacturing of Children’s Wooden Toys in Hrvatsko Zagorje, recognizable Croatian products with a long history. The mode of production has been passed from generation to generation. Every toy is different and special because it is a handwork made by man and painted by women from this area. The Sinjska Alka, a knights’ tournament in Sinj is the only surviving example of medieval knight competition that was regularly held in Croatian coastal towns until the 19th century. Knight tournament is held annually in Sinj when knights ride on the horses through the main street trying to target the iron ring hanging on the rope.
Gingerbread craft from Northern Croatia The art of making Gingerbread products in Croatia requires speed and skill and the recipe is the same for all manufacturers. Every craftsman decorates it specially, often with pictures, small mirrors and verses or messages. Gingerbread is the most recognizable and thus is considered a symbol of Croatian identity. Bećarac singing and playing from Eastern Croatia is a form of a folk song of cheerful and vivid text popular in Slavonia, Baranja, and Srijem. These are often humorous songs with various allegories and metaphors. Their purpose is to cheer the audience, and these songs are most often performed at weddings or similar celebrations.
Nijemo Kolo, silent circle dance of the Dalmatian hinterland, a folk dance that is performed without music and thus is called silent circle dance. The dancers with foot determine the rhythm and move around circular. Dance is mostly performed in Zagora. Klapa multipart singing of Dalmatia is a traditional Croatian vocal music without an accompaniment of music originating from the south of Croatia. Klapa multipart singing is one of the most recognizable autochthonous Croatian musical expressions.
Last but not least intangible heritage is Mediterranean Diet. We are not just talking about diet because it is also a description of the life of the community, and connection with nature and the natural sources of food. The great interest in the nutrition of Croatian Adriatic, its coast, islands, and part of the hinterland has resulted in the spread of cultural identity and the spread of social awareness of traditional values. The Mediterranean diet mostly contains olive oil, cereals, fresh or dried vegetables, fish, various spices followed by wine.
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