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Visovac viewpoint

 

Catch a view of the distinctive (summer) grandeur of the Krka River from a lookout point: Visovac

Visovac Island, surrounded by its recognizable landscape of poplars, and resting on the quiet, lake-like part of the river, is a site that one can enjoy from several places on the banks of the Krka River, but there is only one official lookout point. On it, his gaze focused on this “Island of Our Lady”, stands Petar Svačić, the last Croatian national king, holding a sword in one hand and in the other a shield.

According to legend, Petar Svačić, the last king of Croatian blood, was born in the castle of Kamičak, raised above the cliffs of the Krka canyon, in the Miljevci plateau, by the edge of the village of Brištane. In 2002, on the occasion of the celebration of the 900th anniversary of his death, a monument to him was erected at the top of the Visovac cliff, the work of the academy trained sculptor Kažimir Hraste.

From this viewpoint, a serpentine road descends to Stinice, the dock for the ships that transport travellers and pilgrims to Visovac. This is where the mystic middle course of the Krka River begins. This impression is first heralded by “Our Lady of Visovac”, the "white rock" in the middle of the lake, where Franciscans have lived and prayed since the 15th century. That's why this lookout point is ideal to stop for a little and admire the open nature of the setting before you head to the island itself or stroll through the centuries-old woods of downy oak and oriental hornbeam, where the pedestrian-footpath of Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina cave begins and where the Kuželj House Visitor Center is located.