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Lokrum Island, just offshore from Dubrovnik

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Lokrum Island, just offshore from Dubrovnik

Croatia’s Adriatic coast has over 700 islands, and one of the most accessible is Lokrum Island, just minutes offshore from Dubrovnik. The Monkey ferried his way there in 2002.


VIew of Lokrum from Dubrovnik walls, Croatia
In this view from the Dubrovnik city walls, the offshore island of Lokrum is clearly visible. Just a short boat ride away, Lokrum is a Croatian national park. The Monkey hopped a ferry out of Dubrovnik’s harbor and spent a few hours wandering around Lokrum.

Peacock on Lokrum Island, Croatia
The Monkey met some peacocks by a small pond on Lokrum. Despite his best attempts in Serbo-Croat and Peacock, the Monkey was unable to convince the birds to open their plumes for this photo.

Benedictine monastery, Lokrum Island, Croatia
One cultural result of proximity to the Italian peninsula was that Croatia’s lands fell on the western side in the Roman Empire’s 3rd Century split. This meant that Roman Catholicism, rather than Eastern Orthodoxy, took root in Croatia. This was reinforced when Croatia remained on the Catholic side of the church’s Great Schism of 1054, while the other Slavic people of the Balkans fell on Orthodox Byzantium’s side of the divide.

On Lokrum, the Monkey explored the ruins of a Benedictine monastery dating from 1023 and abandoned in 1798. After Lokrum, the Monkey headed for some other islands along the Croatian Adriatic coast.

Dubrovnik walls and Lokrum Island, Croatia
The Monkey enjoys another fantastic sunny day in Dubrovnik and a stellar view from Dubrovnik’s sea walls out toward Lokrum.



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Croatia

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Population:

4,491,543 (2008)

Land area:

56,414 sq. km.

Capital:

Zagreb (pop. 930,753; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Croatia ranked 45th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 58th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $9,611.68. Public debt accounts for 47.8 percent of total GDP, while 11 percent of Croats are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Serbo-Croat

Monkey's name:

Majmun (my-moon)

Fun fact:

Two inventions for which the world owes the Croats credit are the necktie and the radio. The former evolved from a silk scarf worn by Croat sailors (dubbed the “cravate”), and the latter was developed by the Croat inventor Nikola Tesla, though many have erroneously credited Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi with the creation of the radio.



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