Culture & Heritage

Take a look at the remains of a Roman military camp from the 1st century AD or the remains of magnificent medieval forts, take the paths of one of the most prominent Croatian artist of the first half of the 20th century, visit interesting churches and museums, and explore the rich cultural heritage of Drniš and its surroundings!

Drniš area has been an area of significant historical events. Archaeological remains from the Paleolithic period testify of the early population of the area. In ancient times here was the boundary between the Illyrian tribes Liburna and Delmati. In the Middle Ages in these parts was formed the core of the first Croatian state. However, first written evidence of the town’s existence dates from the year 1494. Ottomans arrive here in 1415 and Drniš was under Ottoman rule till the end of 17th century. In Ottoman time, Drniš was a progressive town with 200-300 households, 5 mosques, water supply from the Promina Mountain and several bridges over Čikola River.
With the arrival of the Venetian authorities in 18th century Drnis descending from the Gradina and build the facilities and market, palazzino and kvartir, which make up today's city center. 
At the very end of the XVIIIth century, Drniš came under the rule of Austria, and at the beginning of the 19th century he was briefly under French rule. The well-preserved valuable cultural and historical heritage testifies to the interesting past of the city over Čikola, whose symbol is the Tower of Gradina, which rises to 334 meters above sea level and dominates over the city and Petrovo polje.

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