City Omiš
 
 
     

A HIKING TRIP TO THE FORTRESS OF FORTICA
The fortress of FORTICA, situated at the very top of the Omiška Dinara mountain, bears witness of the rich and turbulent history of piracy. Such a high position was extremely important for the pirates, since it enabled them to watch over and control a large area, both in the inland and at sea. The view from the fortress of Fortica stretches over the whole town, the canyon of the Cetina river, over the islands of Brač, Hvar and Šolta and the villages of central Poljica. The function of the fortress was to defend the town from enemy attacks. It primarily served as a retreat and if the town had been besieged huge blocks of stone would have been launched from the fortress, demolishing the whole town and at the same time destroying the enemies. The fortress can be reached by a well marked path leading from the very centre of the town, so there is no need to worry about getting lost. The walk from the town centre through the hamlet of Baučići and up to the fortress takes no more than 20 minutes and grants a view you are bound never to forget.

A WALK TO THE FORTRESS OF MIRABELLA
The fortress of Mirabella was built in the 13th century, and served as a lookout tower for enemy attacks. The view from the fortress of Mirabella stretches over the entire old part of town and the new parts of Punta and Priko, the nearby Duće and the entire Channel of of Brač. The lookout fortress provided significant safety from the enemy to the local inhabitants of the time.

THE RIVER CETINA CANYON
The exceptional beauty and variety of its plant and animal life makes the canyon of the river Cetina a place all those visiting Omiš simply have to see – regardless of whether you decide just to take a walk in the nature, go swimming or sunbathing on one of the river beaches, or to try the local specialties in one of the restaurants in the Cetina canyon, this visit will surely be something you will never forget.

THE PARISH CURCH OF ST. MICHAEL
The parish church in Omiš is consecrated to St. Michael. It was built at the beginning of the 17th century, as a Latin inscription on the side door of the church testifies. The bell tower of the church was finished in the 18th century. The church was built by local masters and combines elements of gothic, renaissance and early baroque architecture. In a niche above the ornate stone entrance you can see a statue of St. Michael and a rose window. The walls of the church feature coats of arms of Venetian noblemen and the coat of arms of Omiš. Such stone coats of arms can also be found on the houses of wealthier families of the period, and the portraits of more distinguished noblemen are to be seen on the altar paintings within the church.

THE CHURCH OF ST. PETER
The church of St. Peter in Priko, situated on the right bank of the Cetina river, is first mentioned in historical documents in 1074, during the rule of the Croatian king Slavac. The church features typical Early Christian stone elements (capitals, stone lintel, stone bars on windows). Next to the church there used to be a Benedictine monastery, and later a Franciscan monastery as well.

THE TOWN MUSEUM
The town museum of Omiš houses a collection of artefacts testifying of the ancient history of Omiš – such as stone fragments found in the hamlet of Baučići, fragments with Roman inscriptions dating back to the years 33 and 51 BC, a marble portrait of the Roman emperor Tiberius, a large part of an ancient sacrifice altar dedicated to emperor Augustus, Roman graves, decorated steles, sarcophaguses and other.

THE HOUSE OF A HAPPY MAN
The historical centre of Omiš is formed by stone houses connected by narrow alleys („calle“) and charming little squares which used to be the heart of this small town"s life. One of the most interesting sites here is definitely the house which today represents the headquarters of the famous Festival of Dalmatian Klapa (close-harmony singing), as well as the so called „House of the Happy Man“, a Renaissance building which gets its name from the inscription on its facade that reads: “I thank thee Lord for having lived in this world. ”

PIRATES" NIGHTS AND THE PIRATE BATTLE
At the end of July and the beginning of August Omiš becomes a venue of the several days long „Pirates" Nights“, a festivity organized with the purpose to celebrate and revive the town"s glorious history of piracy. During the Pirates" Nights you can enjoy various cultural and entertainment events: poetry evenings on the fortress of Mirabella, pirate battles in the town"s port, numerous concerts in the part of town called Borići, various art workshops and other. Mid August a simulation of an actual battle between the pirates of Omiš and the Venetians is organised in the town"s port. The pirates use their small but fast boats to attack a huge Venetian sailing-ship in search of treasure.

CRAZY DIVES
„Crazy dives“ are an event which takes place each summer in the port of Omiš for the pure entertainment of the numerous audience. Crazy dives were first organised in the year 1951, and have since become a true attraction of this small town. Throughout the years every diver gave something special and unique to each dive, so many of them are today named after their original creators. Some of the famous dives are: " the Pere Štela dive", "the Marijo Kike dive", "the Marijan Vertikula dive", "the wooden plank dive", "fisherman Palunko"s dive", "the pancake dive", "the retired Tarzan"s dive", "the Celery and Parsley dive", "dive on a Czech woman" ,"the wounded bird dive", "the cod-fish dive", "dive on the hoe".....

 
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