Blue caves and Millennium Falcons – meet Croatia’s quirky monuments

In recent years, Croatia has blossomed into a hugely popular tourist destination. This jewel of the Adriatic Sea has everything holidaymakers could ever want. Beautiful beaches populate the coastal region and the surrounding islands; while cities like Dubrovnik are some of the most unique you will ever see.

Another thing that Croatia loves is an unusual landmark. Dotted across the country are a host of quirky and slightly bizarre monuments, museums and natural wonders that are just waiting to be explored. So let’s explore.

Here are our favourite quirky monuments of Croatia.

Blue Cave of Bisevo – Komiža

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The tiny island of Bisevo may seem like a humble fishing community but it has a charming secret. Head to the eastern side of the island and into the Balun Cove where you’ll find the Blue Cave of Bisevo. During the day this natural beauty is bathed in a blue light creating a calming ambience where every other worry in life seems to melt away.

While the cave was an urban legend among Croatian fishermen since ancient times it was fully discovered in 1884. Since then, this blue grotto has become almost a pilgrimage for locals and tourists – it makes the two ferries and a bus to get there worthwhile.

Sea Organ – Zadar

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The sea is a mystical beast. Giver of life, carrier of boats, home of creatures great and small, musician – wait, what was the last one? Yes, musician. In the coastal town of Zadar is another of Croatia’s weird and wonderful monuments – the Sea Organ.

Set below a number of large white steps is a huge array of tubes which is played by the wind and sea. Designed by architect Nikola Bašić and completed in 2005, the art installation creates an eerie ambiance to his corner of the town.

Podgarić Monument – Podgarić

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In the quiet, rolling hills of the Podgarić countryside is something that wouldn’t look out of a place in a sci-fi movie. The Podgarić Monument may be a tribute to the people of Moslavina during World War II, but it bears a striking resemblance to Hans Solo’s Millennium Falcon spaceship from the Star Wars series.

Designed by artist Dušan Džamonja and commissioned by Yugoslavia’s long-time dictator Tito in 1967, it is meant to symbolise power and triumph. However, years of neglect following the break-up of Yugoslavia have left the monument in a state of decay.

Froggyland – Split

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Moving on to something that will lighten the mood – welcome to Froggyland. It turns out that the city of Split loves frogs so much that it has a museum dedicated to these pack of croakers. Froggyland is the brainchild of Hungarian taxidermist Ference Mere who dedicated ten years of his life stuffing and arranging around 1,000 anthropomorphic frogs.

This was back in 1920; today 507 of these frogs are on display in the museum all in different situations. If you like seeing frogs rowing, teaching music, enjoying a day at the lake or working in a blacksmiths then Froggyland is the place for you.

Dubrovnik Maskeron – Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik is among the most picturesque parts of Croatia. The famous Old Town with its terracotta roofs and winding streets attracts holidaymakers from all over the globe. Take a stroll along the Stradun and look out for a gargoyle head poking out of a stone wall next to the Franciscan monastery.

According to legend, the gargoyle can bring great luck in love. All you need to do is jump up on the head, maintain your balance and take your shirt off while standing facing the wall. Simple as that…

The Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb

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Would you create a mural of your ex-partner? Wait, don’t answer that. Relationships can end amicably or they can end horribly, some people stay friends others want to erase any memory they ever had. Croatian artists Olinka Vistina and Drazen Grubisic took a slightly different approach.

When the pair separated they didn’t want to let go of the sentimental reminders of this fizzling love – they created the Museum of Broken Relationships. It may seem like an odd concept but it has proved a huge hit with the exhibit touring the globe before finding a permanent home in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

While there are the expected love letters and teddy bears there are some slightly stranger items such as an axe, a taser gun and a bottle filled with a woman’s tears. Love works in mysterious ways.

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