Town of Skradin
View of Skradin
|o Mayor||Antonijo Brajkovi? (HDZ)|
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Skradin (Italian: Scardona; Ancient Greek: ?) is a small town in the ?ibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population of 3,825 (2011 census). It is located near the Krka river and at the entrance to the Krka National Park, 17 km (11 mi) from ?ibenik and 100 km (62 mi) from Split. The main attraction of the park, Slapovi Krke, is a series of waterfalls, the biggest of which, Skradinski buk, was named after Skradin.
It was a Liburnian city, named Scardon (Ancient Greek: ?). Later it became a Roman town (Scardona in Latin) , as the administrative and military centre of the region. It was destroyed during the Migration Period, and had by the 9th century been settled by Slavs.
During the 10th century, it was one of the fortified towns in Croatia, as the centre of the Skradin ?upanija.
In the late 13th and early 14th centuries, Skradin flourished as the capital of the ?ubi? bans, Paul I and Mladen II. The ?ubi?'s built the Turina fortress on the hill overlooking the Skradin harbor. They elevated the settlement below the fortress to a free city, at which point it also became a commune, and was granted its own statute and administration. They further enriched the city by constructing several richly-endowed monasteries which housed the Dominicans, Franciscans and other Christian orders.
In October 1683, the population of Venetian Dalmatia, principally Uskoks of Ravni kotari, took arms and together with the rayah (lower class) of the Ottoman frontier regions rose up, taking Skradin, Karin, Vrana, Benkovac and Obrovac.
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