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The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of Croatia

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Croatian culture is the product of fourteen centuries history. The evidence of which is littered across the country like in their cities and monuments. Having seven world heritage sites as well as eight national parks is a feat any nation will be proud of. These heritage sites include Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica at Porec, the Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik, the historical Trogir city, the Palace of Diocletian, the old Dubrovnik city and the Plitvice lakes. Most of its beautiful national parks are located along the Adriatic coast. This is also the birth place of historical figures and scientists like the Josip Broz Tito, first president of the second Yugoslav Republic or Giovanni Luppis, the inventor of the torpedo. In fact several of the first fountain pens were created here.

In clothing or fashion, it is believed that the necktie or kravata in Croat originated here. The first churches built here were influenced by Roman arts especially in the region of Dalmatia where the Roman cities where built. Croatian food is known as the cuisine of regions for the simple reason that every region has its own distinct cuisine. These foods include Raznjici which is a kind of skewer, Meso s tiblice which is pork ham, Odojak which is roast pork and goulash a kind of stew. Let’s not forget their most famous traditional gift, the Licitar. This gift is part of the national heritage and Zagreb’s traditional symbol. The licitar is an ornamental gift given during love celebrations like Valentine’s Day, weddings and even birthdays.

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