The name of Blaž Baromić is connected with the Glagolitic alphabetThe Glagolitic alphabet is the oldest known Slavic alphabet. It was created by Saint Cyril around 862-863 in order to translate the Bible and other texts into the Slavic languages. Ironically, St. Cyril invented Glagolitic, not Cyrillic which was named after him. It is thought...more
On Trg zrtava fasćisma or Mala placa (Square for the victims of fascism or Small Square), the palace of an Uskok family, the Daničić, was built in the 15th. On the first photo, over the entrance, the face of a typical Uskok. It is better seen on the enlargement of the second photo. I have found in my files a photo of the same...more
On a modern style fountain (not flowing but anyway, as sign says it is not drinkable), stands the bust of Pavao Vitezović, Senj, 1653- Bec, 1713, writer, historian, printer, editor.He wrote in 1670 a Lexicon Latino-Illyricum (a manuscript dictionary in which the author carried out in practice his views on the language and spelling).He is also...more
In the middle of Trg Marka Balena or Velika Placa (Square Marko Balen or Main Square) stands a classical fountain called Kaietan Knezić's fountain built in the beginning in 1845 and restored in 1945. Unfortunately, the square is now used as a parking and flooded by cars. The fountain is almost hidden behind the cars. Without cars, it was...more
A lot of bas reliefs and carved stones are on exhibit in the museum.The first photo shows a 1779 single-crowned twin-headed eagle. It obviously symbolizes the Austro-Hungarian Kingdom.The second photo shows a warrior wearing an armor, holding a standard in his right hand, a club in his left hand and with a sword attached to his waist ! Not the kind...more
The museum displays a couple of Senj citizens in traditional clothing. Unfortunately it standed under a glass protection and the light was very low, which does not make a good photo. On the first week-end of august, a traditional carnival is held in Senj and this can be the opportunity to see these ancients clothings.more
In the museum, several dozens of stone heads of Uskok citizens of Senj are on display. I have taken only two of them that seemed the mot characteristic. Compare with the head over the entrance of Danicic Palace. Most are represented with big mustaches and a ferocious look !more
In the bottom of the yard, the tables of a restaurant have been set up. We have not tried it but only drinken a fresh beer. In the middle, the curbstone of the well is made of a superb single stone. It is still fitted with a pulley and could be used if needed !more
A rampart walk runs around the top of the fortress. The photo shows in the background two of the turrets standing in the angles. The center of the fortress is occupied by a small yard but most of the surface is covered by tiled roofs and rain water is collected in a cistern.more
Tvrdava Nehaj is now a museum. It is open daily and the entrance fee is 15 kuna (2 euros). It is possible to park everywhere at the feet of the fortress. If it is sunny and hot, chose the side where there is some shade, it will be better for the car and later better for you !more
Tvrdava Nehaj (Nehaj fortress) was built in 1558 by the Senj's captain Ivan Lenkoviċ. It was used as a stronghold and a watch-tower by the Uskoks. It has a corbelled square tower on each corner and one more on the northern side. It has been featured in 2003 on a stamp by the Croatian post (last photo).more
This photo is a glimpse into a private yard with a house that has two strong and low double arches, one in the basement and the other at the first level. They are plain and with almost no ornament : only the central column is bulbous and is reel shaped. Is it old or is it an excellent modern building, I am unable to say (though I would be for...more
A little further stands a smaller unnamed fountain. It is made with the head of a fat man, supposedly spitting water but actually, it does not flow ! It looks very old but the carving underneath the head (second photo) says "god 1934". It should then have been built in 1934. Is the head older, I do not know, may be !more
On the Cathedral Square, a large plaque has been affixed on a house (palace ?) with a superb St James shell over the entrance (first photo)The second photo is a close up on the plaque, that says about the following :On the old main square in front of Cathedral Saint Mary, the city of Senj and the principalities of Krk, Vinodol, Modrus, Gacke et...more
Obala Dr. Franje Tudmana 8, Senj, 53270, Croatia
Good for: Couples
Restaurant Krešimir stands at the very south end of the quay, when the road from Zadar goes down to the level of the quay. We had a very good dinner with sea-food and decided to taste the famous palacinke. They are pancakes with cream, chocolate and sugar. It is excellent if you like sweets.more
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Tomato salad and cucumber salads are a croatian custom. Each is served pretty much every meal if you want it. Oil and vinegar are the seasonnings, an some onions with the tomato salad, garlic with the cucumber one.
Senj is located under mountain passage Vratnik which is 700 m above the sea level. Geographical configuration causes strong wind called Boora characterized by sudden strikes which reach speeds of more than 200 km/hr. Traffic of bulky vehicles is sometimes interrupted in winter. In summer wind can overthrow a cyclist. Most endangered groups are...more
These two pictures are for my collection of school warning road signs. They are the most modern Croatian school road signs but I like their elegant design. Even if now, road signs tend to look almost alike in every country, there remains always a few differences that I will soon show when I build a school road signs page.more
On the north outskirts of the city, on the coastal road to Rijeka, stands on the left a monument for the 45th parallel. The second photo is an enlargement that allows to view better the glagolitic fonts that are carved. In the background, on the right, Nehaj fortress.
I have learned from Kati's (VT bicycle_girl) Senj page that her uncle designed this monument. Congratulations, Kati, this is a beautiful modern monument.
Ancient town Senj on the Croatian seaside is surrounded by mountains which are up to 1600 m high. Forestry is the main economical activity there and for this purpose a network of good paved and unpaved roads has been constructed. These roads are very suitable for mountain biking and biking in general. Additional value is provided by the National park Northern Velebit which cares for the preservation of some of the last virgin forests in Europe. The highlight of the biking season is the amateur MTB hillclimb in June which started from Sv. Juraj in 2003 - 2008. Start line has been relocetad to Senj in 2009. Less fit riders can start from the village Oltari at 1000m and ride through the shadow of the forest. Race ends at the mountain refuge Zavižan at 1594 m. Racers are supported by refreshments, medical aid and traffic safety. The track can be done individually any time for the visitors pleasure, but only after favourable information on weather and snow conditions in winter and spring. The area is easy to reach by motorway form Zagreb. Neighbouring airports are Zagreb, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Ljubljana in Slovenia and Trieste in Italy.
The TV report on 2009 race can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1kg3A9EM_4
Equipment: Mountain bike for rides on unpaved roads or a racing bike for paved roads. Water is obligatory for rides in the forest. Helmet and jacket are notorious. Cell phone is recommended if riding alone.
My son lives in Switzerland. Last summer he told me that his swiss friends are going to visit Croatia and I wanted to organize a trip for them to see the country. It will not be neccessary, my son replied, they just want to see Senj, because when they were young "Red Haired Zora and her gang" impressed them so much and they want to visit the site...more