Topana Fortress

Imotski, Croatia

The Topana fortress is located near to the mountain slopes of Modro jezero (Blue lake) and dominates over the town. The fortress was built in the 10th century and throughout history had a great strategic significance. The patron of the Imotski border- land is Our Lady of the Angels, and a small church of the same name is located in the fortress' surroundings. The fortress was under Ottoman rule for over 200 years. Today, this fortress is a favourite place thanks to the extraordinarypanoramic view, and many cultural events are held here during the summer.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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www.dalmatia.hr

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Alectoris Croatia (14 months ago)
Nice old place
Jimmy Chan (2 years ago)
This is a review for the whole area (Blue lake, Topana and football stadium). The location o these 3 spots is just unbelievable. We did not know this place even exist (was told by our hosts in camp biokovo, imotski is a must visit and we are so happy we listened)
xsaranda (2 years ago)
Very nice place, also called Turska Kula. You have a wonderful view of the blue lake :)
xsaranda (2 years ago)
Very nice place, also called Turska Kula. You have a wonderful view of the blue lake :)
Jozef Strhársky (2 years ago)
Topana Fortress is located on a gorge above the Blue Lake, about 500 meters northwest of today's center of Imotski, and dominates the city. The church of Our Lady of the Angels is also located in the fortress. Nice view of the surrounding countryside but very many stairs :-)
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King Eric's grand daughter, Ingeborg Håkansdotter, inherited the area from her father, King Haakon V of Norway. She and her husband, Eric, Duke of Södermanland, established a semi-independent state out of their Norwegian, Swedish and Danish counties until the death of Erik. They spent considerable time at the fortress. Their son, King Magnus IV of Sweden (Magnus VII of Norway), spent much time at the fortress as well.

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It is currently used as a museum and bed and breakfast as well as private accommodation. The moat of the fortress is said to be inhabited by a small lake monster. In August 2006, a couple of witnesses claimed to have seen the monster emerge from the dark water and devour a duck. The creature is described as brown, hairless and with a 40 cm long tail.