Friday, June 4, 2010

Krka National Park, a Croatian gem.


I'm pretty fascinated with Croatia, I have to admit it. And among the many beautiful scenes I've viewed on postcards from that country, I think their national parks might be among the loveliest of all.

This gorgeous postcard, which came from rlicul a few months ago, shows Krka National Park, an area surrounding the beautiful Krka River. (Which has its own impressive and informative website.) In particular, the postcard displays the beautiful Skradinski Buk waterfalls, the most popular area of the park. These cascades travel for 400 meters (1312 feet) and descend a total of 47 meters (154 feet), and they end in a broad, clear, and beautiful pool that is a popular spot for visiting swimmers. Nearby the cascades is the village of Skradin (click for stunning panoramic photo), an award-winning cultural experience with old mills, crafts, and other experiences for visitors. It was founded as an Illyrian settlement, Scardona, prior to its takeover by the Romans, and has been a settled area for thousands of years. Roman ruins are another important area to visit in Krka National Park.

Recently I received a postcard
showing another breathtaking spot inside Krka National Park: Visovac Island. This place, which perhaps looks like a tropical oasis or possibly heaven on earth, is actually very sacred ground: it is home to Our Lady of Mercy Franciscan monastery. This beautiful monastery was founded in the 14th century by Augustinian monks, and then expanded and adapted by Franciscans who escaped from Bosnia during the Turkish invasion of the 15th century. The present incarnation of the monastery was built in the 18th century. Housed in the monastery's historic library is a particularly rare incunabula of Aesop's fables (1487), a collection of sultan's edicts, and a sabre belonging to Vuk Mandusik, one of the best-loved heroes of folk epics. This monastery is still a very holy place; although ferries do take visitors to the island, they are only allowed to stay for 30 minutes in order to maintain the piety of the monks who live there.

This is a really nice video showing some beautiful spots in Krka National Park. You can view it here, or if you click on it and go to Vimeo, you can view it in HD. Enjoy!



6 comments:

Bebedores do Gondufo said...

Very Good blog.

valentin said...

I was in Croatia in 2008 somewhere near Omis (also near Split). Even now I think it was out best vacation. I am only sorry for not passing by the Krka Park - but it's not so far for us - we are already thinking for another trip there.

Best wishes,
Valentin.

Sreisaat said...

You are so right about Croatia - it fascinates me too. My friend, Tomi, sends me postcards of breath-taking places in his country it is making me want to go visit it someday.
I'm glad I have your link back now. I have it previously.


Postcards Crossing

ninolina said...

Since you like this so much, I will make sure to look up to some different postcards of this area to send you in the future! :)
Hugs, Nives <3

Dorincard said...

Lovely blog! :)
I want Visovac postcard(s), to create maximum cards. Please forward my info to rlicul , tommy or whoever sent you.

oneal said...

Wow, both cards are awesome, especially Visovac Island.

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