Frankopan Castle

Krk, Croatia

Frankopan Castle was raised by Croatian noble family of Frankopan through several centuries and several generations. After the death of the first Count (knez) of Krk Dujam I Krčki, his sons continue to dominate over the island and the town of Krk. They left first architectural traces in the town of Krk. The oldest part of fortification is the square tower with the diocese, in which Frankopans courtroom was located. The inscription on the lunette over the entrance confirms that the building was raised in 1191, during the time of Bishop John and counts Vid I and Bartol I (Dujam's sons), with the help of the entire municipality.

The round tower on the northern corner of the castle with a transversely extended lower part, was built after the square, probably in the 13th century. It was restored around 1480, and again around 1600. On the tower there is bricked inscription Aureae Venetorum libertati with lions of St. Mark, which dates from 1500. This cylindrical tower has two floors and attic. On the ground floor once there were two doors, one open to the Kamplin, and the other toward the interior of the castle. On the eastern part of the castle, overlooking the sea there is still a square tower, while on the western part of the castle there was a sentry box for guard. Within the complex there was space for soldiers. It is not known precisely when, but the entire complex was completed before 1348.



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Istarska ulica 11, Krk, Croatia
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Founded: 1191
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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ŚpiacyBaca71 (7 months ago)
Interesting place . Worth seeing. Beautiful views from the castle walls.
Klaus Schiefer (7 months ago)
As there are limited historical places to visit in Krk, you should take a look at at this one at least, even if we are not talking about something special with WOW effects. But for 4 Euro you can enjoy a short 15min walk in this small old castle and take some view-shots from the top at least.
Andrej Masaryk (9 months ago)
Nice place with a great view of the sea. Little crowded during the season but it's worth it. I don't like that they asked for another money for a small telescope, we paid 15 euros for a family and one adult person and we went through it in 10 minutes. It's not large and there are few examples of middle age armors and weapons. Anyway a nice place for kids with some history. If you don't like stairs it isn't best place for you.
Sascha77 (9 months ago)
A must see if you are on the island of Krk. The castle is very well restored and you have a fantastic look on the city center when you are on the top of the castle. Entry prices are very fair. We paid 19€ for four adults and two children. Don't miss it when you are in Krk.
Gregor Rebolj (3 years ago)
A well spent two hours exploring the medieval Frankopan Castle and all its very interesting surroundings. Some parts are dated back in Roman rimes. The whole place is very picturesque and really offers an unique experience. Highly recommended! Dear visitors, please respect the history, nature and ofcourse each other! ?
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