Did you know?
You probably heard the one or the other interesting fact during your Croatia holidays from locals, guides or your guidebook. Despite being quite a small country, Croatia has a rich history and many special and unique places and facts.
Did you know…
…of Croatia’s 1000+ islands, 66 are inhabited?
…Hrvatska is the native name for Croatia, the reason why Croatian websites end with ‘.hr.’
…Croatia’s currency, Kuna, was named after a small agile animal with brown fur, marten in English, based on the use of marten pelts of value in medieval trading.
…the columns of the White House were built using stones from Croatia’s island of Brac? Some say the entire building was made of Brac stone, but most sources point to just the columns.
…the famous Dalmatian dogs originally came from Croatia’s region of Dalmatia. Thanks to its eye-catching white coat and black spots, the Dalmatian is one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds in the world.
…Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was staged in Dalmatia?
…The oldest communal theater in Europe was built in Hvar in 1612.
…Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in Dubrovnik.
…Marco Polo, the world-renowned 13th century adventurer, traveler and merchant, was most probably born in 1254 on the Dalmatian island of Korčula and even today, there are people on the island, who bear the same family name.
…Croatia has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik (1979); Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979); Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979); Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Center of Porec (1997); Historic City of Trogir (1997); The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik(2000); and Stari Grad (Hvar) Plain (2008).
…The parachute was invented and first trailed by the Croatian Faust Vrancic in the 17th century, who was also the designer of the first wind turbine.
…Croatians have their own alphabet or set of letters called ‘Glagolitic’. It emerged in the 9th century and was in daily use, along with the Latin alphabet, up to the 18th century.
…The necktie, worn by businessmen around the world, was invented in Croatia and is locally known as ‘cravat.’ To celebrate World Tie Day, a huge necktie was worn around the Arena in Pula, one of Istria’s cities.
…the smallest town in the world according to Guinness World Records is Hum, located in Istria? Its population is variously quoted at 17, 18 and 23.
…The national park of Plitvice and Krka have been used as the locations for scenes in the films about the Indian Winnetou?
…The smallest cathedral in the world is said to be located in Nin, near Zadar.
Here is the the list of the Croatian name in several different languages:
HRVATSKA (in Croatian)
CROATIA (in English)
CROATIE (in French)
KROATIEN (in German)
CROAZIA (in Italian)
HORVATIYA (in Russian)
CHORVATSKO (in Czech)
CHORWACJA (in Polish)
HORVÁTORSZÁG (in Hungarian)
HRVATISTAN (in Turkish)
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