Map of the Obrovac municipality within the Zadar County
|• Mayor||Ante Župan (HDZ)|
|Time zone||Central European Time (UTC+1)|
Obrovac (pronounced [ɔbrɔ̌ːʋats]) is a town located in northern Dalmatia, in the Zadar County of Croatia. The Obrovac municipality has a total population of 4,323 people. The town is located in the canyon of the river Zrmanja.
- Bilišane, population 176
- Bogatnik, population 131
- Golubić, population 132
- Gornji Karin, population 1,125
- Kaštel Žegarski, population 135
- Komazeci, population 42
- Krupa, population 127
- Kruševo, population 1,112
- Muškovci, population 100
- Nadvoda, population 170
- Obrovac, population 996
- Zelengrad, population 77
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Obrovac is a town on the Zrmanja River some 11 km from the mouth of the river of the Novigrad sea. Above the town are the ruins of a fortified city. Its tributary Krupa attracts numerous day-trippers, and in recent times, rafting, canoe, and kayak lovers. Not far from the town of Krupa is a monastery with a valuable icon collection. About 2 km (1.24 mi) north-west of the town, along the road heading up to the mountains, lies a huge deserted industrial complex.
Obrovac first got its name in 1337. In 1527 Obrovac was taken over by the Ottoman Turks.
In October 1683, the population of Venetian Dalmatia, principally Uskoks of Ravni kotari, took arms and together with the rayah (lower class) of the Ottoman frontier regions rose up, taking Skradin, Karin, Vrana, Benkovac and Obrovac. In 1687, Stojan Janković, a Morlach leader, forced the Ottomans out of Obrovac.
The current ethnic majority are Croats with 65.72%, while 31.44% are Serbs. However, before the Croatian military operation "Storm" in 1995, 86% of population were Serbs. During Operation Storm, the entire population of Obrovac fled before the Croatian Army entered the town. When the Croatian forces entered the town on the first day of the operation, they found a ghost town. This was recorded by the cameras of the Croatian Radiotelevision reporters, who found a single old man to talk to.
People from Obrovac
Bridge over Zrmanja river
- "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Obrovac". Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
- Radovan Samardžić (1990). Seobe srpskog naroda od XIV do XX veka: zbornik radova posvećen tristagodišnjici velike seobe Srba. Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva. "Становништво Млетачке Далмације, на првом месту Котарски ускоци, још у октобру 1683. дигло се на оружје заједно с ра- јом у пограничним крајевима Турске. Устаници су "сами заузели Скрадин, Карин, Врану, Бенковац и Обровац"
- Kalmeta u Obrovcu otvorio obnovljenu rivu
- Stratišta iz Drugog svjetskog rata: tajne zakopane 60 godina, Slobodna Dalmacija
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