Croatia25 Greetings from Croatia

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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/croatia25-greetings-from-croatia Thank you! Croatia (Republic of Croatia) is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Croatia joined the European Union on 1 July 2013. Tourism dominates the Croatian service sector and accounts for up to 20% of Croatian GDP. Since the conclusion of the Croatian War of Independence, the tourist industry has grown rapidly, recording a fourfold rise in tourist numbers, with more than 10 million tourists each year (population 2011 census 4,284,889)

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Greetings from CROATIA 25

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CROATIA Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic Area - Total 56,594 km2 Population - 2011 census 4,284,889 Capital and largest city Zagreb

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Trogir

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir (entrance detail left side)

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir (entrance detail ) Trogir is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia County (27 kilometres west of the city of Split). Since 1997, the historic centre of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir

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Cathedral of St Lawrence, Trogir

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Trogir

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Trogir, S. Mary’s church Trogir, Palace

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Trogir

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Sibenik

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Sibenik Cathedral

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Sibenik

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Sibenik Cathedral

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Sibenik

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The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Šibenik , the portal with statues of Adam and Eve St James cathedral main portal

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The Cathedral in Šibenik

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The Cathedral in Šibenik

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Split

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Kazun

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Kažun is a small house – shelter, made of stone, and very common for the fields of Istria. They were used as a shelter, for keeping tools and to rest during work in the fields. Today they are a symbol of Istria, so you can see many newly built Kažuns all over the peninsula. It is interesting to note that in the oldest British National Park District, (A515 between Buxton and Ashbourne) Kažun was built as a symbol of Croatian entrance to the European Union

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Kazun is also very common on the souvenirs

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Drywall technique was used for construction, which means the stones were put together without any adhesive. The roof had a thin stone blocks which were formed in a concentric shape close to the top. Besides circular Kažuns, there are many different shapes

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There were around 10000-20000 Kažuns in the history, but today around 5000 remained, and 2000-3000 are located in Vodnjan area

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The biggest and most notable are “Twin Kažuns” in village Batvači next to Vodnjan. First one is 4,30m high with a radius of 4 m. Other is somewhat smaller

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Krka monastery Archangel Michael the most important Serbian Orthodox monastery in Croatia

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Krka monastery Saint Sava

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Nijemo-kolo

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Nijemo is a silent dance originating from the Dalmatian hinterland in southern Croatia. In 2011 it was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists

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The Nijemo Kolo is performed by a group forming a closed circle with the men leading their female partners in quick, fortuitous steps which are often vigorous and daunting

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The most noticeable aspect of the dance is that it performed entirely without music

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Today, Nijemo Kolo continues to be performed by local village groups and can be seen in festivals, competitions, fairs, church celebrations, and weddings

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Grotulja is a sort of necklace made out of walnuts lined on string. Grotulja is a symbol of area around Trilj town in Croatia. Traditionally it was given by a young man to a girl on a feast of Saint Michael (patron saint of Trilj) as a symbol of affection or even as symbol of marriage proposal

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National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia LADO was founded in 1949 in Zagreb, SR Croatia,SFRY as a professional national ensemble. LADO represents the rich and diverse regional musical and choreographic traditions of Croatia. It has been called Croatia's most successful "cultural export product".

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The tradition of gingerbread making appeared in certain European monasteries during the Middle Ages and came to Croatia where it became a craft.

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Gingerbread craftspeople, who also made honey and candles, worked in the area of Northern Croatia

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Gingerbread craftspeople, who also made honey and candles, worked in the area of Northern Croatia In 2010, UNESCO added the Gingerbread craft from Northern Croatia to the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" for Croatian culture

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The gingerbread heart is the most common motif, and is frequently prepared for marriages, decorated with the newlyweds’ names and wedding date. Licitars are colorfully decorated biscuits made of sweet honey dough that are part of Croatia's cultural heritage and a traditional symbol of Zagreb

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In modern times Licitars are traditional Croatian souvenirs (and can be found in all Croatian airports and in many tourist gift shops), Christmas tree decorations, wedding favours for guests, business gifts, many other ornamental purposes, and is still given as a way of showing your affection to the ones you love

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