The Fortress (Citadel), Hvar

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    Another conquest of Hvar fortress

    by Hvarelax Written Dec 4, 2013

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    All the comments are good-read... so pleasant for us Hvar-natives to see things with another eye - thank you all...
    We here see (the Fortica) more as a battle ground of our childhood, where some played the conqueror climbing crazily the walls, while defenders where throwing the stones - thanks God, no bigger damage than earning some bumps...
    There is something travelers cannot know about this city fortress - it has a tunnel till the port - rarely used... for escape - now it is closed. The barricaded entrance is not far from the wall near the cannon, which stands pointing down to the port, where from times to times the pirates used to attack the city of Hvar.

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    The Venentian fortress

    by csordila Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    The fortress perched on a hill above the old town was built at the beginning of the 16th century (in the time of Venice). In 1579 it was restored after explosion of powder-chamber.
    Its final appearance came after many reconstructions. During French rule some additional reinforcement building was done. The barracks and observation post were built during Austrian rule.
    It hosts a prominent collection of amphorae and other objects from the ancient times and the Middle Ages. From the fortress toward the town square lead the city walls, built in the Middle Ages. There is a beautiful panorama view of the town of Hvar and Pakleni Islands from the fortress.

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    Spanjola fortress

    by tpk2 Written May 11, 2007

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    Spanjola fortress is a great place for viewing the town center and taking pictures. In addition, the cafe bar inside serves excellent prosek (see the tip on cafe bar Spanjola).

    The municipal coat of arms features the fortress, underlining its importance to the town's protection. The Spanjola fortress in its current form dates back to the 16th century. However, the first fortifications were built on the hill above Hvar town over 2000 years ago.

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    Citadel

    by Enzyme_X Written May 31, 2005

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    CItadel by night

    On a small hill, overlooking Hvar stands a fortress, with it's massive walls and old canons ''still'' in stand-by position, keeps an eye on happening in the town and on the sea.

    The first fort here was built more than 2000 years ago by Ilirians. Later inhabitants just rebuilt / remodeled it.

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    The Fortress

    by rich77 Written Mar 11, 2004

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    The Fortress

    You can reach it by foot and it is really a great walk, you will see a beautiful panorama from there... this fortress is called Fortezza Spanjola and there, lot of time ago, lived the "podestà",,,

    The actual aspect is about of XVI century.
    This pic was taken at 5 o'clock in the morning :)

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    The citadel

    by rich77 Written Mar 11, 2004

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    Hvar, Panorama, August 2003

    Beautiful village, you can still find here the rests of the venetian medieval domination, especially in the ancient, smart palaces.

    Today Hvar is a lively town where lot of people spent their summer holidays.

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    The fort overlooking Hvar

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    Hvar as seen from the fort, Croatia

    In Hvar, it is worthwhile to visit the fort at the top of the hill. You will get a spectacular view of the town. You can also see cannons, too (quite old, not working) and an exhibit of other weapons of destruction.

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    Hvar and the Venetian Castle

    by xristos83 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    Any view of Hvar from above is spectacular! This picture was taken from the city cemetary...on top of the hill is the Venetian Castle; an absolute MUST when in Hvar. The hike uphill is tiring but so rewarding. It costs money to get into the castle (I'm not sure of how much but definitely below $10), and you should definitely pay it!

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    Hvar's hilltop castle

    by Venturingnow Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The pathway leading to the castle of Hvar

    Hvar has a castle that is perched high up on a hilltop overlooking the old town. To get there, simply take the steep, windy pathway from the old town square north. You will eventually come to a road, cross it and begin on the dirt path. Continue on the path until you finally reach the top of the hill, and it is here that you can enter the castle and take in the nice views. You'll notice how the old town looks like a grand piano up here.

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    The challenge

    by solopes Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    You are in town, looking up, imagining the views from the top, feeling hot in the sun, hesitating... let's go.

    It's hard to climb under the sun, but not far, and the views justify the sacrifice.

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    The view is amazing

    by Stine620 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    When you get up and out and see the amazing views from the castle, wow then it was only one step, be only one drop of sweat worth it.

    The view is indescribable, remember your camera!

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    FORTRESS

    by hevbell Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    View of Hvar town

    You can just make out, on the right of this picture the fortress perched up on the hill behind the centre of the town. Our hotel is just visible on the far left.

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    Feb 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    All the comments are good-read... so pleasant for us Hvar-natives to see things with another eye - thank you all...
    We here see (the Fortica) more as a battle ground of our childhood, where some played the conqueror climbing crazily the walls, while defenders where throwing the stones - thanks God, no bigger damage than earning some bumps...
    There is something the travelers cannot know about this city fortress - it has a tunnel down till the port - rarely used... for escape - now it is closed. The barricaded entrance is not far from the wall near the cannon, which stands there pointing down to the port, where the pirates from times to times used to attack the city of Hvar.

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