Love for traveling part 6: Old town "Podaca"

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For the first time, Podaca was mentioned in the Turkish document in 1477 and leather in the Venetian documents of 1571, when the coastal villages were under the Venetian rule, even the church in Podaca is dated back to 11/12 st.

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Podaca is a village located in the southern part of Makarska Riviera, beneath Biokovo, 35 km away from Makarska.

New Podaca
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Nowadays, Podaca as a part of the Makarska littoral is completely oriented towards tourism. There are about 660 inhabitants living at Podaca mainly engaged in tourism.

Old Podaca
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Podaca was founded on the rocky slopes of Biokovo, on a defensible location, and there are traces of human habitation since Stone Age, like a stone mallet for mixing grain, which is kept in a Franciscan monastery at Zaostrog.

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In the old Podaca is the old Croatian church of St. John the Baptist, which dates from 11/12 century.
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Middle Ages were marked with a constant struggle between Croats and Venetians. Croats were at the peak of their naval might during the dominance of Kacic dynasty, with their decline (1280) Croatian naval dominance also declined. One of the remains from that period (11th-12th century) is an old Croatian church of St. Ivan with tombs of Kacic family at Gornja Podaca, which were Kacic ancestral lands.

Not far from the church of St. Ivan, built in 1492, stood the church of St. Stjepan, which was razed to the ground in the 18th century to make room for a present-day church built in 1762.

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And a bell tower
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Bell tower has an entrance \(^o^)/
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Even tho I should not, I will climb it.
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Automatic bell mechanism
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View from the bell tower (new Podaca)
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View from the bell tower (defense tower)
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View from the bell tower (old church and cemetery)
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View from the bell tower (towards Makarska)
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View from the bell tower (village)
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Old tumbstone
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Very rare locals that greted us
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After an earthquake in 1962, the almost entire population moved to the coastal area where a new church was built (Church of Lady of Annunciation) and the old Poadaca was abandoned (only a few people live here now).

The defense tower
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Wife and daughter near defense tower
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And that is it.
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Until next time (⌐■_■)/

Previous episodes are here:
Love for traveling part 5: Ravlića cave (native: Ravlića pećina)
Love for traveling part 4: Source of the river "Tihaljina"
Love for traveling part 3: Stare Duće (Old village near Omiš in Croatia)
Love for traveling part 2: Croatian island Hvar old settlement Velo Grablje and Malo Grablje
Love for traveling part 1: Waterfall "Little Cow" (native: vodopad Kravica)!

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