Archeological findings in Krka Waterfalls

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Archeological findings in Krka Waterfalls

In case you are a lover of natural beauty and also enjoy both the history and culture of the place you’re exploring. Krka National park will surely leave you thrilled as you discover both of them.

Despite the fact that Krka National park is one of the most visited National parks in Croatia, due to lush beauty that surrounds the nature park. Archaeological parts of Krka Waterfalls becoming increasingly more popular over the years. Around the area of Krka National park, along with the very river Krka there are some of the most popular archaeological findings that are quite easy to reach if you have your own mode of transportation. Enjoy a refreshing day at Krka Waterfalls whilst sightseeing it’s rich history and colourful flora. Don’t let an opportunity to appreciate Krka Waterfalls beauty go to waste during a day tour from Split.

Those archaeological sights alone give us an insight of which people and tribes lived in this region more than a thousand years ago. Krka National park having about 20 different archaeological findings. Some of the sights we’ll try talking more about so you can decide to visit them on your own, along with teaching you some of the rich history of this region. Don’t waste an opportunity to visit one of the most charming National parks, explore Krka Waterfalls from Split during your time in Croatia.


Burnum, the most popular archaeological finding of the Roman rule, along with other medieval sites such as Ključica, Nečven should definitely be mentioned, as well as the prehistoric sites Oziđana pećina and Jazinka; which are also located in Krka National park.

After all, the National park hasn’t become one of the most popular places in Croatia for nothing. Krka tour from Split being one of the easiest tours to go on. So come and see for yourself what Krka Excursion from Split small group is truly like by exploring the smaller known sights like this.

Nečven town

Nečven town (A.k.a. Nečven tower) is located in Oklaj in the region of todays town Drniš, being easily visited as a nice little detour if you’re heading to National park Krka from Split. The tower being one of Croatia‘s medieval towers founded by prince Nelpčić, which is positioned on the left side of river Krka. One of the notable legends how tower Nečven got its name is that a beautiful maiden kept rejecting proposals to marry right up until she poisoned herself from marrying one nobleman.

Oziđana cave

Oziđana cave is also one of the locals that are located inside Krka National park which you can also visit if you go on a Krka tour from Split. Above Roški slap, on top of the canyon of Krka river the Oziđana cave rests. The cavern being about 60 meters in length and 2.5 meters in height. Located on the left shore of the river Krka it is easy to find in various prospects of National park Krka; in case you decide to go visit it. The name gotten from the drywall located at the entrance of the cave. In the cave there were also a large number of artifacts found that speak of what kind of cultures lived inside it 6000 years before Christ. The most popular and inhabited animals that live inside Oziđana cave being bats that you can occasionally see.


Fourteen kilometres Northwest from Skradin you’ll find “Hrvatska Troja”, an antique Varvaria or medieval Bribir, the most important archeological locality in the Šibenik-Knin county. On the prominent hill, known as “Bribirska glavica”, there have been some archeological findings which date back to the pre-historic era. Finding evidence of living even from as back as the late bronze period all the way to the modern period of today. For us the medieval period is the most interesting, when Bribir had a strategic position, along with having several great Croatian princes living here.

During the 7th century, the ruins of town Varvarija begin getting inhabitated by Croatians. And after a while during the start of the 9th century, Croatians found an “early-federative principality of Croatia”, and the castrum by the name of Bribir is first mentioned during the 10th century.

Fort Trošenj

Opposite from the fortification Nečven, on the right side coast of Krka, there’s a medieval fort that arises called Trošenj. Sometime ago it was in the possession of a large family called Šubić which in its entirety overseered the right side coast of Krka. It was probably erected for the protection and overseeing of an important bridge across the river.

The turkish army occupying Trošenj in 1522. year, placing it’s military personnel inside it before erecting a circular tower. After the Venetian army penetrated through in these parts in 1686. the turks were forced to flee out, leaving the fort to be demolished for the most part.

Fort Ključica

Fort Ključica is one of the largest and most preserved medieval fortresses that are located in National park Krka. The fort being built from the side of Croatian royalty in the 13th century so they could protect themselves from their rivals. Since it was strategically located throughout history, it was a battleground for many battles. Turks (Otomans) were the last that ruled fort Ključica, after that it was uninhabited.

Uzdah fortress

Among all the other forts, Uzdah fortress (Translation: Gasp fortress) is among the ones with the most tragic and dramatic tale. The story goes as follows:

A long time ago, there once was a woman called “Stana”, a beauty from a small village “Rupa” that entrusted her heart to a local young lad called Pavle Mandušić from the same village. The daughter of prince “Jure Barišića”, how the priest explorer “Krsto Stošić” writes in his book “Rijeka Krka s 54 slike” (River Krka from the 54th picture), with her beauty has also enchanted a turkish solider by the name of “Husein”, the favourite soldier of “Mehmed” which instilled fear into the local townspeople from “Skradin” to “Knin”.

Husein never gave up on his pursuit to gain Stana’s favour, he followed her everywhere and stalked the perfect opportunity. One day Husein hid in the branches of a tree so he could spy on Stana; but the thin almond branch snapped, sending Husein to tumble onto the ground below and seriously injuring himself.

Knowing what would happen when “Mehmed” finds out that his soldier got injured, or god forbid died in their village, the townspeople of “Rupa” decide to immediately move him still injured to “Čučevo”. Upon seeing how Husein got hurt, Mehmed Beg got furious and didn’t believe the locals about how his precious knight got injured by falling out of a tree, he got the locals immediately locked up. The terrifying Mehmed Beg wanting to take this chance to get rid of a large majority of the locals of Rupa, but fortunately, Mehmed’s wife Merima was an aunt of one of the Franciscan priests from Visovac by the name of “Miho”. Miho successfully managing to secure mercy for the captives by conversing with Mehmed’s son “Alija” and Merime.

The villagers soon returned to their homes, but Pavao remained at the mercy of guards that relentlessly tortured him for days. For days travelers passing by the fort where Pavao was held could hear gasps; from which the tower got it’s infamous name.

Of course the villagers banded together to free the trapped Pavao before Pavao himself set the fort on fire so no other poor soul has to endure the torture of that place. The story lasting for more than 400 years and being a testament of what transpired; even if the remains of the fort are almost entirely gone.

Archeological findings in National park Krka

Tower Gradina is another fortification that is located close to National park Krka, in the town Drniš. Located at around 350 meters above sea level and a location of great importance. Nowadays we strongly recommend visiting the location due to the breathtaking view it offers. It is thought to be a defense system of family Nelipić, later falling under Turkish rule, followed by being rebuilt under Venetian rule.

One of the most notable archaeological places that is tied with the Roman rule would definitely be the Roman military camp Burmum that is located right nearby river Krka on it’s right shore. Some time ago there was also an amphitheatre which was a huge discovery. The architectural sight is now a small place called Ivoševac. But the very military camp is thought to be built in the 1st century after Christ. Bet you never expected to see some historic ruins when you decided to visit Krka Waterfalls from Split.

Today you can still see the remnants of arches from a distance of the former building. The very spot being strategically placed so it overlooks the pass of river Krka. But for the very amphitheatre that was recently discovered it is thought to have been able to hold between 6000 and 10 000 people. A great deal of findings were also discovered on the architectural site, remnants of metal, ceramic, glass and bone.

Most of these places aren’t available to visit on a day tour from Split to Krka, but if you would like to visit some of the places we named be free to contact us for a private arrangement to set up an ideal itinerary just for you. For any other questions please be free to contact us.