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  15.09.2021, 09:16h

Krka Then and Now: an exhibit for the residents of Opatija and their guests

The natural, cultural and historical values of Krka National Park are on display in picturesque Opatija, the gem of modern Croatian tourism that stands on the shores of the Adriatic Sea under Mt. Učka

The Croatian Museum of Tourism in Opatija and the Public Institute of Krka National Park have prepared an exhibit entitled “Krka Then and Now”, as the first in a series of exhibits in the project Development of tourism in national parks and nature parks. With the aim of recognising the significance of protected areas, their fundamental phenomena and distinctive features, this project by the Croatian Museum of Tourism will outline the development of national parks and nature parks, with an emphasis on their tourism history and what they offer today. The authors of the exhibition are Nataša Zaninović, Joško Zaninović and  Anamaria Šokčević Purušić.

The exhibit on Krka National Park, the most complex protected area in terms of the wide range of its content and features, is the first in the series on national parks. The park is recognisable for its unique attempts to originally present its rich natural and cultural heritage, in a way that is interesting to the modern visitor. It is a model example of innovative, pragmatic and responsible natural area management, where natural features and phenomena can coexist with tourism in a healthy manner. In preserving the local tradition and heritage, Krka National Park is also significant as a part of the identity of the county, and the nation.

The Krka River, with its lavish waterfalls and magnificent travertine barriers, deep canyons pressed between two plateaus, mirror-quality lake with Visovac Island, and a deeply indented river mouth downstream of Skradin is spectacular, both as a whole and in its details. The Krka has always been a source of life and the reason why humans have inhabited its shores since prehistoric times.

The exhibit is open in the Opatija central park situated on the oldest and most beautiful grounds of the Villa Angiolina and covering an area of 250 m2. The exhibit is open to the public until 3 October 2021, and after this time it will be on display in other Croatian cities.