Senj – The days of the Uskok knights

Senj – The days of the Uskok knights
The glorious history of Senj, a maritime town at the foot of the slopes of north Velebit, is marked by the courage of the Uskok knights. The people of Senj remember this most famous period in their history during the days of the Uskok knights. This is a three day event at which knight tournaments and military reviews are held, while the whole city is under siege day and night. Visitors can seek refreshments in knight camps, where they can try mediaeval dishes or be entertained by mediaeval comedians and Renaissance music players.

During these days Senj goes back into the Middle Ages, more precisely, into the time when Fort Nehaj – the most famous monument of the town - was built. This year`s event will be held on 9-10 July. The organisers are also preparing a fair of traditional crafts and a demonstration of life in mediaeval Senj. The Uskok knights from Senj and other guest knight groups will demonstrate knightly duels, daily and knightly sieges of Fort Nehaj and knightly tournaments.

Fort Nehaj was built to serve in the defence of the town in 1558. It was constructed by materials from torn down churches, monasteries and houses, primarily located outside the city walls. This is where the knights of Senj resided. They fought bravely against a much stronger enemy and so became a legend, with traditional songs written about them.

The fort is open for visitors and many cultural and musical events, science conventions and other events are held within it. From the top of the fort stretches a beautiful view of the Croatian coastal area and the islands of Rab, Goli, Prvić, Cres, Krk and also the mountains Of Gorski Kotar, Učka and Velebit. Exhibited in the fort is a collection named `The knights of Senj and the coastal captaincy`, as well as `Senj`s churches throughout history` and `The city`s noble coat of arms`.

The Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County

The Tourist Board of Senj

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