|Town of Imotski
|• Mayor||Ante Đuzel|
|Elevation||300 m (1,000 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Imotski (pronounced [ǐmɔtskiː]; Italian: Imoschi; Latin: Emona, later Imota) is a small town situated on the northern side of Biokovo massif, Dalmatian hinterland, Croatia. The town population is 4,347 while the total municipal population is 10,213 (2001). Imotski has a very mild and pleasant climate with many sunny days.
Imotski is known for its medieval fortress on the rocks of Blue Lake. Another phenomenon is the Red Lake which looks like the eye in the scenery. Both lakes are said to be connected with underground channels to the Adriatic Sea.
Unlike other towns in the area, Imotski had an educational system which consisted of primary and secondary schools from as early as the beginning of the 20th century. The secondary school was founded in 1912 when Imotski was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
From 1941 to 1945 Imotski was part of the Independent State of Croatia. In April, 1944 German forces shot down three American B-24s. The local population saved as many of the American personnel as they could. In 2008, the city decided to raise a memorial to the deceased airmen, one of whom happened to have been a Croatian American with immediate Imotski ancestry.
The climate is Mediterranean, very pleasant, with the highest air temperature averaging 26 °C (79 °F) during July and lowest averaging 5 °C (41 °F), in January. Summers are usually very hot during the day.
Temperatures above 10 °C (50 °F) last for more than 240 days a year.
There are two different kinds of winds are here - the bura which is bring with it the cold and clear weather from the north in winter, and the southern jugo (jug=south) which brings the rain in summer.
The settlement's most famous son is Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian national football team which finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Žarko Domljan the first Speaker of the Croatian Parliament was born in Imotski. There is also a famous poet Tin Ujević. The city itself is home to Croatian league football club NK Imotski. There are other individuals born in Imotski to have made their names known outside of the local region. In the world of entertainment, there is singer Neda Ukraden and film director Antun Vrdoljak. Sports stars include female tennis player Silvija Talaja and footballers Tomislav Bušić and Ivan Gudelj. Father of former Canada national men's ice hockey team captain Joe Sakic, Marijan Šakić, is from Imotski. The famous boxer Mate Parlov was born near Imotski in the village of Ričice, and a famous fighter for Croatian independence Zvonko Bušić is also from Imotski. Dinko Šakić officer in NDH was born in Imotski, Veljko Kadijević,deputy ethnic minorities Serbs. Minister of Defence in the Yugoslav government from 1988 to 1992, was born in Glavina Donja, near Imotski, but now lives in Moscow, Russia. Also, Imotski is famous for the fact that almost every citizen drives a car made by Mercedes Benz. However there is one notable exception. The Todorić family has chosen not to follow this trend. Their car of choice is a BMW. This is somewhat of a tourist attraction in Croatia.
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2011)|
- Naklada Naprijed, The Croatian Adriatic Tourist Guide, pg. 308, Zagreb (1999), ISBN 953-178-097-8
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