Drniš, a lesser-known Croatian town is situated halfway between Šibenik and Knin. The medieval settlement was conquered by the Turks in 1522 who set up their camp at the gorge of the Čikola stream. The remains of the minaret and the mosque can still be seen. The inhabitants work in the agriculture however at the end of the 1800s bauxit and coal were mined in the area. From 1991 to 1995 Drniš was incorporated in the Republic of Serbian Krajina, which led to the flight of the local Croats. After the war the Serbs went into exile and the majority of the escaped Croats returned.

The Mausoleum of Ivan Meštrović can be found in the near Otavice. The world-famous Croatian sculptor spent his childhood in this village.

Getting here & around

By car

Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Šibenik (road 33) - Drniš.
Motorway toll: Zagreb  – Šibenik      147 Kn

By train

Knin  - Drniš  (7 trains daily)  11,60 Kn

Split - Drniš  (4 trains daily)  44,10 Kn

By bus

Five buses run daily between Šibenik and Drniš.

Church of St. Anthony

Ulica Kardinala Utješinovića

The former mosque was transformed into this church, at the corners the mosque's stones are still visible. The ruins of the minaret can be found at the end of Radnička street.

Fortress of Drniš

Drnis torony

The fortress was built by the Turks at an excellent strategic point on a cliff above the gorge of the Čikalja stream. By today only the remains of the walls and the tower have preserved but the view on the facing hills and the deep gorge is worth the effort to climb up here.


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