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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Asiyah Noemi Koso (12 months ago)
It is a wonderful visit to the island of Krk. Untouched nature, wonderful people and rich history make this place special. Architecture in the city of Krk is enchanting. Everything is built in stone like a castle, an exterior wall, a town hall, squares ... Beautiful. An interesting building is Francopan Castle. Frankopan Fortress is built from the XII. to XIV. century, as reported by Venetian rulers. The fortress had several purposes: protecting the town against attacks from the sea and the square tower was used as a courthouse. Wall height is 9 m. Atmosphere in the city of Krk is always beautiful and relaxing. It is worth visiting.
Toni Zufic (13 months ago)
Beautifull small castle. The ticket is not expensive.
Marius A (13 months ago)
Cool castle! Only 3€... nicee view over the harbor from the top
Ľubomír Medera (14 months ago)
It is small museum , entry fee is 20kuna , but view around is great. It is small part of croatian history and nice to see it. Parking place is nearby aprox. 200m away. Lots of stairs there to tower there
Daniel Bratulić (14 months ago)
Even if you don't like history (or aren't interested at all) this is worth a visit. The entry to the castle and the walls is 22kn for adults (about 3 euros). The view from the walls is beautiful and there is a lot of historical information around the castle.
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