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Brijuni National Park
Brijuni National Park is an archipelago in the
Adriatic Sea just
off Istria' west coast. It is composed of 14 islands, but most of
them are off limits for the public. Most popular and largest
island is Veliki Brijun or Great Brijun. You can get here from
Fazana or Rovinj on a boat that takes about 15- 25 minutes.
Brijuni National Park is truly one of the kind.
It is beloved by international tourists and Croats alike. It contains the remains of dinosaurs
tracks, signs of presence of prehistoric men 5000 years ago,
ruins of Roman villas and structures that date back to Marshall
Tito who used Brijuni as his official residence. Besides a warm
climate of the Mediterranean allowed introduction of safari park
on the island. It includes several exotic species like zebra,
ostrich, peacock, elephant, zebu, Nilgai and many other animals
and birds. Mini bus or a train will take you around the
island to see its major sights. Additionally it has golf fields
as well as great diving sites just off the islands.
Archaeology in Brijuni
Brionian Islands have been inhabited since the ancient times.
Remains human presence including spear points, tools and other
artifacts have been discovered on hill fort that date back to
the Bronze age or 14th century BC. In the 2nd century BC these
islands became a private residence for richest members of the
ancient Roman aristocracy. They constructed extensive villas
with extensive living quarters for their servants. During late
Roman period Byzantines constructed their own palace on the
island. During medieval period the island was popular stopping
point for travelers across the Mediterranean. In the 13th
century AD the Knights Templar erected Saint Mary's Church.
Roman villas in Brijuni National Park
Islands of Brijuni National Park became popular
with the Roman elites long before Tito. It was inhabited by some
of the richest people of the empire who tried to escape crowded
cities to enjoy tranquility of the Adriatic Sea. There haven't
been that many people living here, but those who did lived the
lives of opulence and richness. Numerous exquisite artifacts
were unearthed in the course of the archeological digs and ruins
of ancient Roman villas clearly indicate importance of former
residents of Brijuni National Park.
This Olive Tree is one of the most popular
destinations on the island. It is estimated to be 1700 years old
and in the ancient times it was one of the trees in massive
olive orchards that were planted by Roman patricians and
senators. Most of the trees were cut down by generations of
invaders and peasants who settled these islands, but this one
tree miraculously survived through centuries. Today it is
surrounded by a fence to keep animals and tourists out.