Croatian culture is rich and diverse - this is mainly due to the fact that the Croatian people have been living in the area for thirteen centuries and have developed a culture based on the influences of a wide range of different nations.
The history of Croatia dates back to the Palaeolithic era - you can still find remnants of stone and bone objects from this time scattered across the country. The 100,000 year old bones of a Neanderthal man were even found near Krapina.
There were people during the Copper and Bronze Age in the area of Croatia as well, with evidence of Greek occupation in the fourth century BC. In fact, the Greeks set up city-states in the country as they began to spread their influence across Europe.
Most of the Greek city-states were set up on the islands, while the Illyrians set up colonies on the continent. Of course, the Romans also had their influence on Croatian culture in the ancient past, which is why it's so easy to find Roman ruins in many different towns and cities all across Croatia.
During the Middle Ages, just like in the rest of Europe, Croatia experienced a dark age in which few cultural advances were made. Today, Croatia is heavily influenced by Christianity.
Croatian art was heavily influenced by the Romans - when the Croats, Slavs, and Avars came to the region from northern Europe in the seventh century, Roman art and culture, as well as Christianity, had a large influence on the artistic expressions of the time.
Of course, churches are one of the best examples of Croatian art and architecture - the Roman approach to art had its strongest influence in Dalmatia because this is the region of the country that was experiencing urbanization the most.
Soon after however, Croatian artists began to find their own inspiration, taking on the influences of the country's various rulers and creating original buildings that had never been seen before.
In the fourteenth century Gothic art began to take precedence, which was supported by the government and society of the time. The knightly culture of this historical period heavily influenced the type of art that was produced.
One of the best reasons to visit Croatia is to visit the many World Heritage sites located in the country. In fact, there are six UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country:
Croatian cuisine is also something you don't want to miss if you visit the country.
Because of the many influences over the years, Croatian cuisine combines many aspects of cooking from across Europe.
The Croatian food does vary depending on the region - for example, there are differences between food prepared on the mainland and food prepared on the coast.
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