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ABOUT THE AREA – KAŠTELA, CITY OF 16 CASTLES

  • Located in the bay between the ancient towns of Split and Trogir,
  • Close to Solin (ancient Greek: Σάλωνα), capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian
  • City of Croatian Romeo and Juliette; Miljenko and Dobrila
  • The name Croatia was officially mentioned for the very first time in Kaštela
  • Homeland of Zinfandel wine
  • First school botanical garden in Croatia

About Kaštel Kambelovac
Back in 1517 the Split noblemen, brothers Cambi, built a castle on a small islet, in order to protect inhabitants of villages Lašan and Kruševik. The castle was cylindrically shaped (only one in Kaštela) and suitable for defense. The citadel was surrounded by the sea but was later connected with the mainland by filling up and levelling. The next two castles were built by Grissogno and Lipeo families. In 1525 the peasants from village Kruševik built two castles, Velika I Mala Pišker, and this is the unique example of peasants building their fortresses.
Because of the large number of castles, Kaštel Kambelovac has become a stretched village.
Kaštela Bay is located at a perfect spot; it is shielded by the Kozjak Mountain from the north while the Marjan Peninsula and the Čiovo Peninsula guard the Bay’s southern side.
On the slopes of Kozjak hill there is the church of St. Martina of Kruševik, once the center of Kruševik village. Today the church is called Lady of the Circle or Lady of Snow. To the north of Kruševik, in the area of ​​Lažana or on the eastern slope of Kozjak hill, there is a medieval church of St. Mihovila while on the west side of the slope there is a guardhouse – a house from the 16th century. At the very top of Kozjak there is the Kastilica tower.