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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Gregor Rebolj (2 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! ?
András Ruha (2 years ago)
Preserved historic site in beautiful condition. Because of the view of the town and the sea it is definitely worth going in / up. As a museum or historical landmark, a little more information about it or about its history, could be communicated. Maybe more exhibited items could make it a little more interesting.
Anita Förster (2 years ago)
A relatively short visit is enough to discover it, though you can linger on too to explore the interesting history of the place and enjoy the view from the walls. A very well kept historic monument.
Eno Thiemann (2 years ago)
Nice view over the sea and the city, affordable ticket prices and interesting insights into the history of the castle and the town.
Marta Matić (2 years ago)
Beautiful fortress and a stunning view... You can discover interesting story of Frankopan family and find suggestions to visit a large number of another historical locations and castles in the region. In the evenings there are archers on the location, fun activity...
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