The Klis Fortress dates back to the 7th century and it was a very important defence point in the history of Croatia. It developed from a small stronghold to a royal castle and finally to a large fortress during the Ottoman wars. The fortress has been seat to many Croatia's rulers. Throughout its long history it was conquered several times; it was in the possession of the Ottomans for more than a century after whom came the Venetians who actually enlarged the fortress and finally it was taken over by the Austrians.
The fortress was built into the south part of a rocky mass and is barely noticeable from the distance. Throughout history, it was subject to many changes and renovations so that today its original appearance is not known. The present appearance is known from the works performed by the Venetians in the 17th century.
The fortress actually consists of three parts, each of them having a separate entrance. Many of its buildings from the 17th and 19th centuries have been preserved completely or in part. The fortress also had several inns which were used for isolation during epidemics. So, Split was, for example, protected from the epidemics coming from Bosnia.
Today, the Klis Fortress is a tourist attraction with a museum in which visitors of this historic military structure can see a series of arms, armor, and traditional uniforms. The fortress is open every day, except for Monday, from 10 till 16; the entrance fee is 10 kn for children and 20 kn for adults.
How to get to the fortress
The fortress is some 13 km north of Split. If you have a car, you can choose between two routes: one is an old road leading to Klis and the other one is a new road. The trip on the new road will be a bit longer than on the old road, but the trip more or less takes 20 minutes. If you want to go by bus, there are 3 bus lines to Klis: number 22 leaving from the National Theatre bus station and numbers 35 and 36 leaving from the bus station Sukoisanska.