We hope they will interest you in coming and exploring our small but beautiful country!
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1. Have you ever touched a sculpture older than 4,000 years? Come to Split, walk around the Diocleatian Palace and see the Sphinx of Egypt brought by the Roman Emperor Diocletian!
2. Dubrovnik (an independent state at the time) was the very first nation to formally recognize the United States as a nation when it declared independence from Great Britain.
3. The White House was built out of Croatian stone, from the island of Brac. This same stone had been used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
4. The largest truffle ever found was discovered by Giancarlo Zigante on November 2, 1999. It was 7.8 inches long, 4.1 inches wide, and 5.3 inches tall.
5. The Croatian coat of arms resembles a Lily known as the Snake’s Head and Leper Lily. The Croatian word for the flower is Kockavica.
6. Croatia is the homeland of the world renowned traveller Marco Polo. 13th century explorer is known as one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China and visit the Mongol Empire. The journey took 24 years, he passed some 25,000 km – became a confidant of Kublai Khan, and he served 17 years. According to a local tradition, he was born on the island of Korčula in 1254 to a family of merchants. The surname is still found on the island.
7. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic won Wimbledon in 2001 after entering the tournament on a wild card.
8. Croatia’s currency, the Kuna, was named after a small rodent. In English this animal is a Marten.
9. There is a Ulysses’ cave on the island of Mljet. It was named after a story which says that a famous adventurer stranded on the nearby cliff Ogiron, where he met the nymph Calypso with whom he fell in love, and spent unforgettable moments in her company.
10. Dalmatian dogs come from the Dalmatian coast.
11. The necktie was invented in Croatia and is called a “cravat,” which is derived from the word “Croat.”
12. Croatians have their own alphabet or set of letters. It is called “Glagolitic” and emerged in the 9th century and was in daily use, along with the Latin alphabet, up to the 18th century.
13. Recognizable all over the world, and related only to Croats – characteristic cube-shaped red-white coat of arms which is believed to originate from the Persian original homeland of Croats (red signifies south and white signifies north). That is where the name of two Croatians derives from, i.e. White in north and Red in south. When the Croats have selected Ferdinand Habsburg to be their King in Cetine in 1527, they confirmed that choice with some seals, and one of them was Croatian coat of arms, but with 64 fields, i.e. the complete chess-board. That is where the popular term „šahovnica” derives from, and Šah (chess) in Persian means the Ruler – Tsar.
14. The oldest communal theatre in Europe was built in Hvar in the year 1612.
15. The city of Zadar is home to the world’s first Sea Organ that creates its music only by the action of the wind and waves.
16. Although it has a population of only 23 people, Hum in Istria, Croatia is officially a town and the Guinness World Record holder for the smallest town in the world.