Launch of the first tourist guide for underwater cultural heritage in Croatia
ZAGREB, February 15, 2020 – The first tourist guide to underwater cultural heritage in Croatia was launched this week, Morski.hr reports.
The county prefect of Split-Dalmatia, Blaženko Boban, on Wednesday presented the cultural-tourist guide “Underwater heritage of the county of Split-Dalmatia”. The guide is written in Croatian and English and aims to promote the maritime identity of central Dalmatia through cultural and historical tourism.
There are over 200 underwater archaeological sites in the Split-Dalmatia County Underwater Area, ranging from isolated finds of small artifacts to preserved wrecks carrying cargoes of amphorae and wrecks from WWII.
The objective of the development of a cultural and tourist guide for the underwater heritage of Split-Dalmatia County is to promote the underwater archaeological sites in order to obtain a complete picture of the richness, diversity and l importance of the underwater world in the region, and to further develop archaeological sites. and diving tourism in Split-Dalmatia County.
“The underwater heritage of our department stands out as an addition to the value of our tourist offer. Through the guide presented, almost all the localities in our county are listed with all the directions how deep they are and what is allowed in those places, ”said Boban, before adding.
“In addition to tourism, this guide will serve to protect these beautiful sites. I believe that thanks to the Split and Dalmatia County Tourist Board, tourists who want to see these cultural and tourist values in an organized way will get to know them. I also want to thank the authors of the guide, as well as the county officials who did something extremely valuable and of good quality.
Split-Dalmatia County Underwater Heritage Guide features 28 underwater sites and three museum collections with underwater archaeological finds. The guide is designed in such a way that the waters of Split-Dalmatia County are divided into five geographical areas (the waters of Split and Kaštela Bay, the waters of the island of Brač, the waters of the island of Hvar, the waters of the islands of Vis and Palagruza), and covers the period from prehistoric times to WWII.
A separate section also deals with the Battle of Vis as the most important naval battle on the Adriatic and the three wrecks that took part in the battle as one of the most important underwater discoveries on the Adriatic.
During the production of the guide, it was ensured that it represented different types of cultural goods from all historical periods, covering the entire waters of Split-Dalmatia County (ancient architectural and shipwreck remains, shipwrecks from the late Middle Ages and remains of modern buildings). daytime wrecks and WWII planes). In addition to historical and geographic information, each site has its depth and accessibility for visitors.