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Klis Fortress (Tvrđava Klis)

Klis Fortress Gate

 

 

Location: Klis  Map

Open: Jun– Sep: 9am–7pm daily

Oct– May: 9am–5pm Sat–Sun

 

Cost: 10 kuna for adults

5 kuna for children

Constructed: 3rd century BC

 

 

 

 

History of Klis Castle

Klis Fortress is situated on a cliff overlooking a village by the same name. Closest large city is Split. You will not have any difficulties finding the place since the directions are well marked. Additionally the site offers a free parking space. The price for entrance is 10 kuna for adults and 5 kuna for children. We would suggest taking a handout with a brief history of these military fortifications. The original Klis Castle on top of the mountain was constructed by Illyrian tribe of Dalmatae. The Croatian kings took over these lands and constructed their own citadel. Due to proximity to trading roads and safety of the mountain terrain many rulers used Klis Fortress as their main residence. During invasion of the Ottoman forces the region fell in the hands of the Turkish armies. New military technologies made these fortifications obsolete and fortifications eventually started to deteriorate due to lack of funding from the state's capital. The Republic of Venice took over the historic ruins of the castle along with surrounding lands. Klis Fortress changed hands again in the 19th century then the Austrian Empire captured ruins of the abandoned stronghold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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