Krk ( pronounced [kr̩k] ; German: Vegl ; Latin : Curicta ; Italian : Veglia ; Vegliot Dalmatian : Vikla ; Ancient Greek Kyrikon , Κύρικον) is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea , located near Rijeka in the Bay of Kvarner and of Primorje-Gorski Kotar county . Traditionally, Krk had been thought to be the largest Adriatic island, with an area of ​​405.78 km 2 (156.67 sq mi), [2] [3]until geographical survey and remeasurements done in 2011 determined that the neighboring island of Cres has an equal surface area. Krk is the most populous island in the Adriatic Sea , with multiple towns and cities that total a total of 19,383 (2011) inhabitants.



Archeological findings show that the island has been inhabited since Neolithic age is well known. In later periods, Greek and Latin sources refer to Κύριστα ( Ancient Greek ) or Curicta ( Latin ) as one of the Apsyrtidian or Electridian islands held by the Liburnians , an Illyrian tribe. The Liburnians called Expired the island “Curicum,” which is assumed to be year illyrized name Given the island by icts original habitants. [4]

There are the remains of prehistoric settlements near Draga Bašćanska and Bronze Age and Iron age earthworks near Malinska , Dobrinj , Vrbnikand Baška .

Roman era

Krk came under Roman rule once they defeated the Liburnians. The Town of Krk (Curicum) became a town with Nothing is known about the internal organizations of Krk during this time. Near the present day Franciscan monastery, the remains of thermal baths have been found. The defensive walls of Roman Curicum were among the most secure of all the towns on the Eastern Adriatic fortified by the Romans. They were further developed during the Civil War in Rome (50 BCE) and they were further strengthened in the 60s of the 2nd century CE, to enable them to withstand attacks by the Quadi and the Marcamanni who were at that time threatening the Adriatic. Not far from Krk in 49 BCE there was a decisive sea battle between Caesarand Pompey, which was impressively described by the Roman writer Lucan (39-65 CE) in his work Pharsalia . [5] When the Empire was divided, Krk came under the Eastern Roman Empire .

Migrations of the nations

The walls of the town of Krk could not stop with the Avars (7th century), but in contrast to Salona , Scardona and Aeona , life in Krk quickly returned to normal. The Croats penetrated into the town on several occasions. Krk has a “mosaic dialect”. Following the Treaty of Aachen (812) the whole island was ceded to the Byzantine Empire and was governed according to the norms of that Empire. During the reign of Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus (10th century), Krk is known as Vekla, of which the Romanized variant, also used by the Venetians, was ” Veglia “. [5]

Time of the Croatian Counts and Kings

There are no extant documents showing when Krk became part of the Croatian state. It is known that around 875 the Byzantine town paid the Croatian rulers 110 gold pieces to a year to be able peacefully to keep their hold there. While the Croatian state was being established, Krk found itself on the Venetians’ route to the Mediterranean. The Venetians conquered the town for the first time in 1001, and from then on the Krk’s history was closely linked to the history of the Republic of Venice for seven centuries. During the reign of Peter Krešimir IV the Croatian rulers regained their power, but the Venetians took Krk for the second time in 1118. [5]

Reign of the Krk Counts (from 1430, the Frankopan family)

When the Venetians conquered Krk for the second time in 1118, the local noble family, the unknown Dujams, [6] received Krk as part of a pact with Venice , and they became Counts. When Dujam died in 1163, Venice was allowed to make their position hereditary, after a payment of 350 Byzantine gold coins as tax. In a short time the Krk Counts became so strong that at one time from 1244 to 1260, Venice rescinded their authority. This failed to impede their rise however. They increase economic exploitation, but they also endeavored to strengthen old traditions and various statutes (the Vinodol Code 1288 and the Vrbnik Statute)., 1388). Dujam’s youngest son, who died in 1209, succeeded in leading his authority to the mainland, to the Croatian-Hungarian King and received the district of Modruš . Due to his economic strength and social standing, his opponents fought each other for his favor. The Counts became so powerful that they did not threaten (until the Turks ). Members of his family were leaders in Split , Trogir and Senj , and from 1392 one of them ( Ivan V), became a Croatian-Dalmatian Ban. In 1430 they took the surname Frankopan (Frangipane), claiming to have Roman origins. That year they adopted a coat of arms showing two lions breaking a piece of bread (Latin: frangere pane, break bread). From 1449, the descendants of Nikola IV founded eight branches of his family, and together with the Zrinski Counts were the ruling feudal family in the whole of Croatia right up to 1671.[5] The Frankopans produced seven Croatian Bans, and many of them were patrons of Croatian artists.

Under the Venetians (1480-1797)

Krk was the last Adriatic island to become part of the Venetian Empire . Due to its location, closest to the Uskoks of Senj From that time the ruler was a Venetian noble, but the Small and the Large Councils both had some autonomy. The doge controlled the clergy but public documents were written in Glagolitic which was adopted here more than anywhere else. At the beginning of the 16th century the Krk in the flight of the Turks, but Krk suffered a decline like other Venetian property. In 1527 the town had 10,461 inhabitants and 1527 clarification needed ] it had 8,000.[5]

Under the Austrians

Austrian rule began with the fall of Venice in 1797 and was briefly (1806-1813) interrupted by Napoleon’s Illyrian Provinces . In 1822 the Austrians separated from Dalmatia and linked it to Istria, so that Krk, Cres and Lošinj came under direct rule from Vienna. This link contributes to the Croatian National Revival and together with Kastav , the town of Krk played a leading role in the spread of Croatian education and culture. [5]

20th century

The Italian Occupation (1918-1920) was brief, and Krk was handed over to Croatia, then in Yugoslavia, by the Treaty of Rapallo , Italy took Krk again in the Second World War (1941-1943), and German occupation followed from 1943 -1945. The post-war development of Krk was led by tourism. The building of an airport and then a bridge to the future. In Omišalj there is also been industrial development.

The bridge is at the end of Krk island and uses the island of Otoćić Sveti Marko (St. Mark’s Islet) as a mid-support.

Economics and infrastructure

Krk is located near 1,430 m (4,692 ft) two-arch concrete bridge since 1980, one of the longest concrete bridges in the world. Due to the proximity to the city of Rijeka, Omišalj also hosts the Rijeka International Airport and an oil terminal representing the Port of Rijeka and a petrochemical plant. [7] [8] [9]

Krk is a popular tourist destination, because of the situation and proximity to Slovenia , southern Germany, Austria, and northern Italy . Since the collapse of the Eastern Bloc , many tourists have appeared from Hungary , Romania, and other former Eastern Bloc countries.

Fiber access network

In 2009 the municipality started the project of building a fiber-optic network in the city of Krk and 14 neighboring villages as part of the town infrastructure. Thereby the focus is on the passive part of the network, which is the most important one and the prerequisite for service providers being able to provide ultra-fast Internet connections and new e-Services. The project is covering 6,243 inhabitants and 6,000 households. The first issue was the elaboration of a cost-benefit analysis [10]in 2009/2010 followed by a preliminary network planning. At the beginning of 2013 the building authority issued the relevant approval. The next step is the elaboration of the project which is the condition for obtaining the building permission.

Culture and religion

Krk has historically been a center of Croatian culture. Various literature in the Glagolitic alphabet was created and in part preserved on Krk (notably the Baška tablet , one of the oldest in Croatia ). A monastery lies on the small island of Košljun in a bay off the coast of Krk.

Krk belonged to the Republic of Venice during much of the Middle Ages until its dissolution , when its destinies followed those of Dalmatia . It became part of the SHS kingdom, later Yugoslavia, after World War I, in 1920. After that date, the village of Veglia / Krk remained the only predominantly Italian-speaking municipality in Yugoslavia. After WWII, most of the Italians left.


Krk is well known for its historical language diversity. At one time when? ] Five languages spoken on the island Were: Venetian , Croatian, Dalmatian , Istro-Romanian and a controversial and little-attested language or dialect Known As Gan-Veyan . Few scholars acknowledge the existence of Gan-Veyãn, and they tend to look at it as a dialect or hybrid language , derived from Croatian, Venetian and / or Dalmatian.

The city of Krk was last place where the Dalmatian languages ​​were spoken, in the late 19th century. [11]


The municipalities and larger settlements on Krk include:

  • The eponymous city ​​of Krk ( Italian : Veglia ), with 6,243 inhabitants (2011), located at 45 ° 13’N 14 ° 32’E .
  • Omišalj (Italian: Castelmuschio; German: Moschau): 2,987 people
  • Malinska-Dubašnica – Malinska , the capital of municipality (Italian: Malinsca ; German: Durischal ): 3,142 people
  • Punat (Italian: Ponte ; German: Sankt Maria ): 1,953 people
  • Dobrinj (Italian: Dobrigno ; German: Dobrauen ): 2,023 people
  • Baska (Italian: Besca ; German: Weschke ): 1,668 people
  • Vrbnik (Italian: Verbenico ; German: Vörbnick ): 1,270 people

Boachen – Gabonjin Krassitz – Krasica Sankt Anton – Anton Sankt Foska – Pinezići Sankt Maria – Glavotok Sankt Niklas – Valbiska Sniewitz – Njivice

Roman Catholic bishopric

Main article: Roman Catholic Diocese of Krk
  • Church of St. Dunat


The Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis is based on Krk.

The 45th parallel north passes Krk, making it halfway between the Equator and the North Pole . The crossing of the 45th parallel is marked with a signpost.

Further reading

  • Anton Bozanić: Mahnić i njegova Staroslavenska akademija. Krk u. Rijeka 2002 .


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Ostroski, Ljiljana, ed. (December 2015). Statistiki ljetopis Republike Hrvatske 2015 [ Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia 2015 ] (PDF) . Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia (in Croatian and English). 47 . Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics . p. 47. ISSN  1333-3305. Retrieved 27 December 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ Vitale, Ksenija, Miroslava Vaclava-Kova, Georgios P. Gallios (2009), Water Treatment Technologies for the Removal of High-Toxicity Pollutants , Springer, 1st ed. p. 20.ISBN 90-481-3496-X
  3. Jump up^ Duplančić Leder, Tea; Ujević, Tin; Čala, Mendi (June 2004). “Coastline lengths and areas of the islands in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea determined from the topographic maps of the scale of 1: 25,000” (PDF) . Geoadria . Zadar . 9 (1): 5-32 . Retrieved 2011-01-21 .
  4. Jump up^ Kipicic, Viktor (1978). Krk . Zagreb: Graficki zavod Hrvatske.
  5. ^ Jump up to:f Naklada Naprijed, The Croatian Adriatic Tourist Guide, pg. 111-112, Zagreb (1999), ISBN  953-178-097-8
  6. Jump up^ aussi called Expired Demjen, Duimo or more Generally Duym.
  7. Jump up^ “Terminals – Liquid Cargo Terminal” . Port of Rijeka Authority . Retrieved August 26, 2011 . dead link ]
  8. Jump up^ “DINA – Petrokemija dd, Omišalj” . DIOKI dd Archived from the originalon May 2, 2011 . Retrieved August 26, 2011 .
  9. Jump up^ “The Omišalj Port and Terminal” . Jadranski naftovod . Retrieved August 26, 2011 .
  10. Jump up^ City of Krk: projects, city fiber network
  11. Jump up^ Spicijarić Paškvan 2014, p. 73.

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