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August 3, 2013

22 Amazing Color Photos of Croatia From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Croatia is a country in Southeast Europe. Its capital, Zagreb, forms one of the country’s primary subdivisions, along with twenty counties.

Croatia has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age. The Croats arrived in the area in the 6th century and organized the territory into two duchies by the 9th century. Croatia was first internationally recognized as an independent state on 7 June 879 during the reign of duke Branimir. Tomislav became the first king by 925, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom, which retained its sovereignty for nearly two centuries. During the succession crisis after the Trpimirović dynasty ended, Croatia entered a personal union with Hungary in 1102. In 1527, faced with Ottoman conquest, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand I of Austria to the Croatian throne. In October 1918, in the final days of World War I, the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, independent from Austria-Hungary, was proclaimed in Zagreb, and in December 1918 it was merged into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

Following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, most of the Croatian territory was incorporated into a Nazi-backed client-state, the Independent State of Croatia. In response, a resistance movement developed. This led to the creation of the Federal State of Croatia, which after the war became a founding member and constituent of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. On June 25, 1991, Croatia declared independence, which came wholly into effect on 8 October of the same year. The Croatian War of Independence was fought successfully for four years following the declaration.


  1. Hi! I was wondering where these photos came from originally? What is their source?

  2. Szkoda, że nie są podpisane współczesnymi nazwami miast. Niektóre wiadomo - Pula, Zadar, Trogir, Split - Pałac Dioklecjana. Większość widziałem!

  3. @Kristina
    Most of them are postcards.

  4. Zajebiste. Przydałoby się więcej i w wyższej rozdzielczości.




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