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Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park

Brijuni (Brioni in Italian) are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait.

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Brijuni (Brioni in Italian) are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait. The largest island, Veli Brijun (5.6 km²), lies 2 km off the coast. Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park.

In 1945 after World War II Brijuni became part of Yugoslavia and communist state leader Josip Broz Tito made Brijuni Islands his personal State Summer Residence. Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik designed a pavilion for Tito. Almost 100 foreign heads of state visited Tito on his islands, along with film stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, and Gina Lollobrigida. Tito died in 1980, and by 1983 the islands were declared a National Park of Yugoslavia. In 1991 Croatia gained independence and made Brijuni Islands an International Conference Center. Four hotels on Veli Brijun were re-opened, as well as a Safari Park, which holds animals given to Tito, such as Sony and Lanka, two Indian elephants donated by Indira Gandhi. The International Polo Tournament, dating back to Karl Kupelwieser's Austro-Italian Brioni in 1924, has been re-continued since 2004.

On the Brijuni Islands there are several archaeological and cultural sites. At four sites on Veli Brijun over 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered. There are also several archeological sites worth seeing. There is the 13th century AD St. Mary's Church which was built by the Knights Templar. There are also two ancient Roman villa remains, from the 2nd Century BC and remains of a Byzantine palace. There are also several exhibitions including natural history and art exhibitions, and archaeological collections.