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Knin is a city of 12,000 people (2021) in Northern Dalmatia, a former capital of the medieval Kingdom of Croatia.



Knin suffered deeply from the Yugoslav war of the 1990s. Before this, the main activity was industry, which has disappeared. However, it has retained its character with its monuments in styles inspired by different Turkish and Italian cultures.

Knin is particularly known for its hot summers: temperatures reaching 40 °C (104 °F) are not uncommon in July and August. The January average temperature is about 4 °C and in August is about 24 °C.

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It is an important traffic junction on the rail and road routes between Zagreb and Split.

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  • 1 Peruća Lake. The second largest artificial lake (dam) in Croatia. Peruća Lake (Q1668261) on Wikidata Peruća Lake on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Eye of Cetina (Veliko vrilo). The biggest river source in Croatia, sourcing the Cetina river. The dramatic look of the hot spring is given by the karst nature of it. The water that penetrates from underground through a narrow siphon despite gravity. The lake is blue-green/turquoise in color, coming from the whiteness of the rocks. It is an important source of drinking water, though large amounts of municipal waste have been recorded in it. Veliko vrilo (Glavaš) (Q112707370) on Wikidata
  • 3 Knin Fortress. Overlooks the city and the surrounding plain Knin Fortress (Q3514386) on Wikidata Knin Fortress on Wikipedia
  • 4 Burnum. This Roman town is 18 km away from Knin in direction of Kistanje. There are the remains of the biggest amphitheater in Dalmatia built in 77 AD, during the rule of Emperor Vespasian which could host 8,000 people. Burnum (Q548862) on Wikidata Burnum on Wikipedia
  • The nearby villages 5 Biskupija. Biskupija (Q1293881) on Wikidata Biskupija on Wikipedia and Kapitul are extremely interesting archeological sites from the 10th century where many remains of medieval Croatian culture are found including churches, graves, decorations, and epigraphs.







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