Alan Mandic, the irrepressible force behind http://www.secretdalmatia.com took us to see one of the real hidden archeological treasures of Croatia–Bribirska glavica. First discovered by Croatia’s pioneering archeologist Lujo Marun in 1909, who dubbed it “Croatia’s Troy”, the site is visited by maybe 100 people a year. A majestic 300 meter high plateau about 15km northwest of Skradin, it’s a vast 72,000 sq. meter expanse that explains why it was such a citadel of strength and importance to everyone from early Neolithic settlers to Serbians during the recent war. As you wind your way up the old Zadar Road between Benkovac and Zadar you can only see the remains of a 19th church complex. Getting out and walking around it’s a whole other story. Replete with Roman sarcaphogii, medieval walls and pre-Hellenic remains, only 30% of the site has been explored. The EU has kicked in some funding to continue research, but the remoteness of the place and the complete lack of infrastructure to support any real kind of organized excavation and tourism has kept Bribiriska know only to professionals and people like Alan who are constantly trying to help promote and protect the many grandeurs of this country. And Bribirska surely is that and more. At one time it was surrounded by a 5 meter high wall on three sides, with the sheer cliff on one side left open because of the impossibility of scaling such heights. It’s easy to imagine being here, walking the perimeter and gazing out for an eternity. On a clear day, you can even see Vis! With so little of this amazing site actually mapped and partially excavated it will take years to fully understand what and who was actually here. The sweeping panorama and strategic isolation of such a splendid place makes it far easier to understand why they came.
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