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City of Krk

The city of Krk (Citta di Veglia), the Greek Kurikta or Kurikon, the Roman Curicta or Curicum, the Splendid City of the Krkans (i.e. Kurikćana) or splendidissima civitas Curictarum, the medieval and Renaissance seat of the Frankopan princes of Krk, will tell you about its rich history, you just need to go among its ancient walls, open the doors and indulge in the pleasure of exploration!

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The story of Krk goes back to prehistory, and its first pages were written by the first inhabitants during the Copper (3,500-2,000 BC) and Bronze Age (2,000-800 BC), while the founders of the city are mentioned as members one of the seventy Illyrian tribes – the Liburni, the genus Kurikta. They were followed by the Romans, then the Croatian noble family Frankopani, which in the centuries-long period of its rule, from 1115 until 1480 , provided the islanders with splendor, art, economic strength and independence, and the Venetians also left an indelible mark.

The city of Krk – one of the oldest urban settlements in Croatia – is located next to a spacious bay on the southwestern part of the island, and today it is also known as the island’s administrative, business and cultural center. With the associated settlements (14 of them) spread around the city, it occupies an area of ​​110 square meters. The hinterland of the city is a quiet, mostly rural area in which much of the primitive way of life is still preserved. However, in recent times, the settlements around the city are increasingly involved in modern tourism trends, primarily through attractive agro-tourism initiatives.

According to the 2021 census. 6,846 inhabitants live in the City of Krk. The entire area of ​​the City of Krk, and especially the settlement of Krk itself, is economically oriented towards tourism and service activities, while from a historical and artistic perspective, it abounds with valuable examples of cultural heritage.

The city of Krk is known as a city of history and culture. The people of Krk are very proud of that. Because more than 3,000 years of the city’s continuous life represent a time that can tickle the imagination of any person – a casual passer-by or a dedicated researcher. Therefore, if you come to the Splendid City of Krčana (Splendidissima Civitas Curictarum), as it was still in the 3rd century. century, as evidenced by a valuable stone artifact, we invite you to take a walk through its historical core and discover picturesque stone streets, picturesque squares and numerous examples of monumental heritage… Get to know the city of hard-working and dedicated people who weaved a glorious past and sail into the future, aware of their exceptional heritage!

The city of Krk has remained almost entirely surrounded by city ramparts, which, given their excellent preservation, represent a rarity at the national level. Namely, they are the third largest in Croatia after Ston and Dubrovnik! Their construction began in the Liburnian era until the fall of Venice, and they are first mentioned in an inscription from the 1st century AD. century before Christ. Within its scope, the ramparts contain several entrances to the city (the Great City Gate, the Small City Gate, the Pisan Gate or the Gate of Freedom, and once the Upper City Gate), two stone towers (a six-sided, late Gothic tower on the coast that was built by the prince at the beginning of the 15th century Nicholas IV Frankopan and the two-story square tower on Vela Placa – the Torrion – built at the end of the 15th century during the restoration of the ramparts initiated by the Venetian providor Antonio Vinciguerra) and the Frankopan Castle – the only preserved profane medieval monument in the city, which was built by generations of Frankopans over a period of 12 . – 15. (16th) century.

Apart from the profane monuments in the city ramparts, the old town core of Krk also abounds with valuable sacred buildings, among which the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in the 5th century, attracts the most attention. century on the remains of the Roman baths. However, a three-nave Romanesque building with a rich inventory has been preserved to this day with additions from later periods. The cathedral complex, in addition to the belfry with a dome of a recognizable contour, also consists of a double Romanesque church: the upper one is dedicated to St. Quirinus, the patron saint of the Diocese of Krk and the city of Krk, and the lower St. Margaret, Martyrs of Antioch.

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