About Imotski

The region of Imotski is situated behind the mountain Biokovo, on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Dalmatia . It occupies an area of ​​approximately 600 km2 .

The region is located at an altitude of 260 meters ( Field of Imotski ) to 440 meters ( town Imotski ). Region of Imotski can be divided into three natural zones: the karst area along the perimeter of the field, spacious karst areas and bays in the wider area - field of Imotski, and a large mountain range Biokovo.

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In this vast area of karst, water is scooped out and formed an abundance of diverse forms, especially the lakes. Mainly dry ones. Water surfaces are concentrated in the karst lakes (Blue and Red, Two eyes, Prološko lake, Galipovac lake, Krenica, Jezerina etc.) feed by the underground water flows. Karst region of Imotski has a poor vegetation where undergrowth prevails - underbrush, while in mountain areas has mostly deciduous forests: oak , hornbeam and ash. People are mainly engaged in farming.

Another relief unit is field of Imotski with Mud of Proložac, and the river Vrljika. Mud of Proložac as occasional and natural reservoir of water, covers two karst lakes. In the middle of lakeMud of Proložac, there is an island where there are the remains of a former Franciscan monastery. This complex is more interesting as a hydrographic phenomenon, favorable for hunting and fishing than as a phenomenon of karst topography. Spring of Vrljika is important because of a series of karst springs and lakes (Two eyes). The importance of this river is invaluable for the field of Imotski. Vrljika is otherwise known because of its rare endemic species as a Soft-muzzled trout. The field of Imotski, almost entirely cultivated, is planted mainly with vines.

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Mountain Range Biokovo with accessible point offers remarkable observation. A peculiar attractions are the permafrost caves, below the peak of Sv. Jure. This range is habitat of chamois and mouflon.

A large part of the Imotski region in terms of climate is influenced by the Mediterranean climate streams. That’s why there you can find Mediterranean cultures (olives, figs, almonds…). However, the cold barrel sleeves that comes over Dinara affect significantly the climate picture, especially the northeastern point of the region.

It is known that this area was inhabited in the Neolithic Age. The fact is witnessed by numerous archaeological finds of stone hammer and ax (Grabovac, Vinjani) and one urn from Slivno dating back to the 1500's. b.C.

The first people that lived in this area are Illyrians. Rich deposits of this period are found in Postranje and Sebišna. Both sites have yielded a wealth of findings.

Christianity in these lands spread early. From that time we have several archaeological sites with remains of early Christian churches. The most important is basilica with two baptistery on the site Bublin (Zmijavci) which dates back to the late 5th century.

Another important churchs from this time are on the sites in Proložac and Cista. After the Croats came in this area, a separate unit of Croatian parishes Emotha – Imota, was established. From that time dates also the fortress Topana in Imotski. 

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