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Meet Sinj

THE TOWN WHERE MEDITERRANEAN AND ORIENTAL CULTURE MEET TOGETHER

SINJ THROUGH MY EYES AND IN MY SHOES. I have been visiting Sinj for several times by now and each time it was for a different reason and therefor it turned out to be a different experience. On two occasions it was really good, extensive and detailed, just the way I like it .

The first one was organised for tourist workers to get to know Inland Dalmatia above Split better and the other one was sightseeing tour organised by Tourist board of Sinj. On the both occasions I was accompanied by my dear friends Nikolina and Bojana who are also licenced tourist guides and also very passionate about Dalmatia and all it has to tell.
LOCATION: Inland Dalmatia, 30 km north from the citiy of Split in Central Dalmatia

THINGS I SAW AND DID IN SINJ

Museum Alka of Sinj
Kamičak Fort
Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj
Archaeological Collection of the Sinj
Franciscan Monastery
The oldest football monument
Eating Arambasi of Sinj dish
Played organs with Croatian anthem
Buggy tour around Sinj
Archeological museum

“Sinj”

“Sinj”

SINJ HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS AND INTERESTING FACTS

ILLYRIANS The natives, members of the Illyrian tribe Delmates, appeared in the area during the Bronze Age and their development continued until the Romans had arrived. Alatar with inscription of the name of the town Osinium, Osinij.
THE OLDEST FOOTBALL MONUMENT IN EUROPE, early 2nd C. A tombstone of a seven-year-old Roman boy Gaius Laberius holding a ball with hexagons. It is considered as evidence that football in Europe was first played in the Cetinska Krajina Region. It was found in the Tilurium site, more precisely the Gardun site.
CROATS ARRIVAL At the beginning of the 7th century, Croats came from White Croatia
• Below the old Sinj fortress developed a settlement named Cetina
• In 1513 Sinj fell into Ottoman hands, up until 1686, when it came under Venetian rule. The Ottomans, however, were still attempting to win back Sinj.

ARRIVAL OF MADONNA OF SINJ 1687 – After the Sinj was liberated from Ottoman rule, the people and Franciscans arrived from Rama bringing along from St Peter’s monastery the image of the Mother of Mercy, later known as the Madonna of Sinj.
KAMIČAK FORT a star-shaped fort, built on the hill of the same name in 1712. Kamičak’s present-day look dates back to 1890 when the walls were built and the pine trees planted. A tower used for observing was built in the fort. There is also a clock which rings three minutes before the hour, and ticks on the full hour. Bronze bell from the tower was cast in the foundry of the famous Italian family Colbachini that was granted the right by the Pope Leo XIII in 1898 to use the papal coat of arms in their production.To this day, the Colbachini foundry has been the only foundry in the world with this great honour.

BATTLE OF SINJ 1715 Sinj was held by the Ottomans from 151 since 1686. Town came under Venetian rule in 1686. The Ottomans were determind to win back Sinj. The most significant battle was fought in 1715, when 700 defenders of Sinj repulsed an attack of tens of thousands of Ottomans. The disordered Ottoman army, weakened by hunger and the outbreak of dysentery, left the Cetinska Krajina Region.
CROWNING THE PAINTING OF SINJ MIRACULOUS MADONNA on 22 September 1716.
• In honour of their heavenly patroness and as token of gratitude to Her for miraculous defence and deliverance of Sinj from the Ottoman siege, officers and soldiers collected 80 sequins (Venetian gold coins) and had a golden crown with a cross made in Venice in order to crown the image of the Mother of Mercy.
UNESCO: THE ALKA OF SINJ, Sinjska Alka, a knights’ tournament in Sinjsince 1715, commemorating the victory over Ottoman. It has been inscribed in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010.

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“Sinj”

“Sinj”

Things left to do next time: – Event Alka of Sinj, walking up to the hill to Stari grad above Sinj, horseback riding, Sikircia Gallery

GATHERING MY OWN EXPERIENCES AND IMPRESSIONS

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Tradition The Nijemo Kolo, a silent circle dance from the regions of Inland Dalmatia, is characterised by a unique performing way. It is performed in a closed circle or dancing pairs making circular or free movements in a dancing space without music. The circle dance is also named after the place of origin so we have the Nijemo Kolo of Poljica Gata (from the village of Gata in the region of Poljica), the Nijemo Kolo of Vrlika (from the town of Vrlika and its immediate neighbourhood), the Nijemo Kolo of Sinj (from the town of Sinj and its greater area). It is on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2011.
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Outdoor activity Buggy tour around Sinj
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Food (sinjski arambaši) is a traditional dish from Sinj made of sour cabbage leaves with rolled chopped meat in it, served with mashed potatoes. Sinj and Cetina regiona are well known of delicacies such as frogs and Cetina trout which I am not ver fond of.
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Cultural Sights Archaeological Collection of the Sinj Franciscan Monastery and Museum Alka of Sinj

GREETINGS FROM SINJ

Photo is emotion captured in time. See and feel the world you look at.

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WHAT MORE ONE CAN EXPECT FROM SINJ? SINJ SURROUNDINGS

Source of the Cetina River, Vrlika, Trilj
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