Dvigrad Ghost Town, Croatia

Visiting Dvigrad was a bit of a happy accident for us. We were travelling through Croatia, from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula, to see the Roman amphitheatre there, when Rich noticed a small aside in our guidebook about an abandoned town. Since our planned route was taking us close by, we decided to make a bit of a detour.

IMG_2269Over a thousand years ago, Dvigrad began as two castles on adjacent small hills within the Draga Valley in what is now Croatia. Eventually, they were merged into a single settlement, surrounded by a tall defensive wall.

IMG_2270 IMG_2276 IMG_2275 IMG_2273Over the centuries, Dvigrad survived all sorts of tragedies, including being sacked by both the Genoese and the Venetians.

IMG_2277 IMG_2280 IMG_2283IMG_2285However, Dvigrad’s fortunes began to decline during an extended period in which its population battled plague and malaria. Then, in 1615, it once again became the focus of a foreign army’s unwelcome attention. And although it resisted capture on this occasion, the village never really recovered.

IMG_2286IMG_2287IMG_2291Why Dvigrad was eventually abandoned remains a bit of a mystery. Whatever the reasons, 2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the departure of its final inhabitants.

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This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which this week is Abandoned Buildings or Barns.

I love Cee’s photo challenges, especially as she gives a heads up about what’s coming in advance, so we can really mull things over and (hopefully) come up with a good subject. It also means I can take part, even when I’m travelling. Thanks Cee!

IMG_2301IMG_2302IMG_2303IMG_2300While you’re pondering Dvigrad deserted ruins, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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5 Responses to Dvigrad Ghost Town, Croatia

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I guess these are abandoned buildings. These are great photos. Thanks.

  2. mmackimm says:

    This is very cool! I would love to visit one day!

  3. Pingback: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Abandoned-Building-Barns | WoollyMuses

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