© Makol Agency / Novalja Tourist BoardRuins of the mostly sunken Roman town of Cissa are today replaced by the modern city of Novalja
© xbrchxSalona was originally an Illyrian settlement turned by ancient Romans into Dalmatia's central city of the time
© Rijeka 2020 European Capital of CultureThe torpedo was invented in Rijeka by local Ivan Luppis, and the city's torpedo factory peaked in the 1900s
© Island of Krk Tourist BoardRuins of the Romanesque Church of St. Maraka on Krk island date back to the 12th or 13th century
© Princeps d.o.o.Construction on the now semi-ruined Slavonski Brod fortress began in 1751 and lasted over 60 years
© Istria CultureNezakcij, one of Croatia's most important archeological sites today, was Istria's oldest city and dates back to pre-Roman times
© radkovskyA ruined stone house overlooks Dubrovnik
© Abandoned Croatia18th-century Grlečić Jelačić palace murals still attempt to light up the crumbling space
© Tomasz PacynaBuilt in 1333, the Ston walls served to protect the nearby Republic of Ragusa (today known as Dubrovnik)
© ilijaaSamobor's Old City overlooks the modern-day town and was built in 1268 by Czech King Otokara
© Boris Kačan / Croatian National Tourist BoardVela cave on Korčula, which was inhabited from the Stone Age (around 20,000 B.C.) to the Middle Ages, houses ruins today
© EivanecOvergrown with various flora today, Opeka manor in Varaždin County is said to date back to the 18th century
© Abandoned CroatiaDiesel trains known as 'Šinobuses' once connected northern Croatia but were replaced in the 20th century - they now sit in a train graveyard
© Visit KrkThe Roman-era town of town Fulfinum on Krk island dates back to the 1st century
© Museum of KninConstruction on the Knin fortress, which overlooks the Krka river, began in the 9th century AD
© Nick KaneThe Island archipelago of Brijuni houses Roman-era ruined villas which date back to the 1st century AD
© Lauh47Primošten peeks out from the ruins of 20th-century Hotel Marina Lučića, thought to have owned Europe's first nudist beach
© Secret Dalmatia30 km from Zadar, ruins from ancient settlement Asseria preserve the memory of its inhabitants from prehistory to the late Roman era
© BoytronicThe Zagreb industrial zone of Podsused was home to a massive cement factory in the 20th century
© Just DubrovnikPrevlaka fortress was built in 1853 and sits on Croatia's southernmost peninsula
© TrisThe Danilo people lived on the Dalmatian coast from 4700 to 3900 B.C. - pictured are their ruins near Šibenik
© Ivo Biočina / Croatian National Tourist BoardThe medieval-era Klis fortress was built on a hilltop inhabited by Illyrians during the 2nd century B.C.
© Nela LaptošBozdari mansion, built in the early 18th century, was a summer residence in Dubrovnik for the aristocratic Bozdari family
© Sasa Halambek / Poreč Tourist BoardRuins of Poreč's Temple of Neptune, built in the 1st century AD
© dreamer4787Zadar's ancient Forum was built between 100 B.C. and 300 A.D.
© Ivo Biočina / Croatian National Tourist BoardStari Grad Plain on Hvar was inhabited in the 4th century BC - stone wall ruins still mark the settlement today
© Nick KanePula's Roman-era 'Gate of Hercules' was built in the 1st century B.C.
© Jasmina ParicThis hilltop dubbed 'Little Head of Bribir' is 15 km from Skradin and has ruins tracing from prehistory to the Middle Ages
© dennisalexandrov1976Narona Archeological Museum near Metković houses ruins of a Roman temple and 17 marble statues from the 1st century B.C.
© Miroslav VajdićKarlovac's Edison Cinema was the first self-standing movie theatre in Croatia, built in the 20th century and since abandoned
© dennisalexandrov1976Vučedol Culture Museum near Vukovar houses excavations from the Vučedol culture which flourished between 3000 and 2500 B.C.
© Nikola Štambak / Croatian National Tourist BoardOver 4000 UNESCO-protected medieval tombstones called 'stećci' can be found in Dalmatia
© Nikola Štambak / Croatian National Tourist BoardThe snaking ruins of Kolođvar tower near Osijek date back to the 13th century, built as protection from the then-prevalent Tatar attacks
© Boris Ščitar / PixsellBuilt in 1910, a rich man's villa named 'Hutter' in Zagreb's Podsused is unrecognisable today
© Lara Rasin1254 Medvedgrad castle on Zagreb's Mount Medvednica
© Darky DarkLate Roman-era compound Tarsatica, and its main entrance (pictured), have since been engulfed by the modern city of Rijeka
© Ranko Suvar / CropixZagreb's 'Old Brick Factory' sits at the west end of Ilica street, abandoned since the 20th century
© Zagreb County Tourist BoardNestled in the Žumberak mountain range, Žumberak Old Town dates back to the 13th century when it was built as a fort
© Istria Tourist BoardOnce a site for gladiator fights, the Pula Amphitheatre was built in the 1st century A.D.
© Abandoned CroatiaBadel 1862, the largest Croatian liquor producer, had a once-lively industrial factory in Zagreb; now abandoned
© green5HRVindija cave in Krapina is the biggest site of Homo neanderthalensis remains and artefacts ever found
© Ivo Biočina / Croatian National Tourist BoardRužica grad ('Rose City'), hidden within UNESCO Geopark Papuk in Slavonia, was first recorded in 1357
© Milan PavlovićCult club Piramida ('Pyramid') in Pula was an 80s-90s hotspot, but has since been abandoned
© Archeological Museum in ZagrebDestroyed in the 5th century during the Great Migration, the Roman-era town of Andautonia sits ruined in Ščitarjevo near Zagreb
© My Poreč'Picugi' are a group of three Iron Age hilltop settlements located a few kilometres from Poreč
© Croatia ReviewsSokolac Castle in Lika-Senj County, once home to local nobles, was first mentioned in 1343
© UsienFunded by Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse magazine, Haludovo hotel and casino on Krk went bankrupt after one year
© Istria CultureMonkodonja was home to a Bronze Age settlement and its ruins are located on a hilltop near Rovinj

In pictures: 48 photos of Croatia's fascinating ruins

Channel your inner Lara Croft or Indiana Jones

By Lara Rasin

Croatia's rich heritage has been burgeoning since prehistoric times. Some relics of the past have been well-preserved, others wrecked by the wrath of nature, later settlers, or, simply, time. We're here to take you through the country's manifold ruins: from Stone Age settlements and Roman-era architecture to glam residences turned rubble and neglected nightclubs... plus much more. Behold our gallery of 48 photos exploring Croatia's most fascinating ruins.


    You may also like