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Imotski

Imotski is an old town, located in the south of the Republic of Croatia, at the intersection of Dalmatian Zagore and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is mentioned for the first time in 950 in the De administra Imperial Byzantine Emperor and Constantine Porphyrogenet historian.

Imotski has all the features of the coastal town, thanks to the climatic and urban architecture of the old city core. Stone houses, steep narrow streets with rocky stairs are witness to the former look of this place whose old core is protected. Several buildings with beautiful facades and fences from the period of the Secession speak of the style flows that did not pass through this environment as well.

The town is dominated by the Topana fortress, built in the 10th century, which has historically been of great strategic importance, and today is interesting for visitors because of the preserved looks and gazebo on the city, the “Gospin dolac” stadium and the Modro lake. Within the fortress there is a venerable church dedicated to Our Lady of Anđela, patron of Imotski. There are several manifestations in the midsummer’s wall, and below the fort there is also a monument to Croatian defenders, the work of the academic sculptor Kruna Bošnjaka. With Topane, descending down the 92 stone Imotski scales, built in the 18th century, we come to Imotski Square, where it is also a monument to the great poet, Imočin Tin Ujevic.

Below Topane is Modro Lake, a favorite promenade, and in the summer months and the main bathing place in Imotski. Its dimensions are 800 * 400 meters, and the depth varies, so in the winter and in the spring about one hundred meters, and early fall knows and dry. Its crisp surface is covered by stone serpentines built in 1907.

In the immediate vicinity (1.5 km) there is Red Lake, the deepest karst lake in Europe whose depth of depression is 528 meters and the depth of water reaches more than 300 meters with a bottom below sea level.

  Along with these lakes, as well as the rest of the Imotski kraj, which is the result of the collapse of underwater caves, there are many legends and stories, such as the proud Gavan or Asanaginica, which is scattered in folk ballads and translated into most of the world’s languages. According to this story, the grave of Asanaginica is located on the edge of Modrog Lake, exactly where the theme park is dedicated to this ballad today.