17 Facts About Klis Fortress


Klis Fortress is a medieval fortress situated above a village bearing the same name, near Split, Croatia.

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From its origin as a small stronghold built by the ancient Illyrian tribe Dalmatae, becoming a royal castle that was the seat of many Croatian kings, to its final development as a large fortress during the Ottoman wars in Europe, Klis Fortress has guarded the frontier, being lost and re-conquered several times throughout its more-than-two-thousand-year-long history.

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Klis Fortress largely expanded the Klis Fortress, and in Rizinice, in the valley under the fortress, he built a church and the first Benedictine monastery in Croatia.

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Klis Fortress is probably best known for its defense against the Ottoman invasion of Europe in the early 16th century.

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Today, Klis Fortress contains a museum where visitors to this historic military structure can see an array of arms, armor, and traditional uniforms.

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Klis Fortress was a point against which their attacks were always directed, and it has been remarkable for the many sieges it withstood.

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The name of Klis Fortress was first described in chapter 29 of Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus' De Administrando Imperio.

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Klis Fortress's work "De Trina deitate" is an important source of information for Trpimir's reign.

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Klis Fortress appointed his brothers as commissars of Dalmatian cities, and gave Split to his brother Mladen I Subic, and Sibenik, Nin, Trogir and Omis to his brother George I Subic.

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Ferdinand I did send aid to Klis and was apparently hopeful of holding the fortress, when the Turks again laid siege to it.

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From 1669, Klis Fortress was in the possession of the Venetians, and it remained so until the fall of the Venetian state.

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Klis Fortress is one of the most valuable surviving examples of defensive architecture in Dalmatia.

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Klis Fortress was built into the south face of a rocky mass, and is barely discernible from the distance as a man-made structure.

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Many buildings of the Klis Fortress which are from 17th through 19th centuries are partially or entirely preserved.

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Klis Fortress has been developed as a visitor attraction by the "Kliski uskoci" re-enactment association in Klis with the aid of the conservation department of the Ministry of Culture in Split.

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Klis Fortress was used in a 1972 historical film Eagle in a Cage, portraying Saint Helena.

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Klis Fortress was used as a location for the fictional city of Meereen in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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