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Remains of Saint Ivan chapel above Seline

Seline is a village in the Starigrad municipality of Zadar County, Croatia. Seline has a population of 455 (census 2001),.[1] The population is by and large Croatian.

The town's church was recently refurbished and sits proudly on the main square, Trg Zukve, and is called the Church of Sacred Heart.


Above Seline lies the old town of Jabukovac, where according to legend a Croatian convert to Islam by the name of Jusuf, 800 years ago, offered a native girl a golden apple (most likely a tomato in today's language) and she took this apple and was wed to him.

Jusuf went on to battle and died, while the child his wife bore became the beginning of the family of Jusuf, which kept their Catholic faith, later Croatianised to Jusup.

Until 200 years ago all of Seline's inhabitants lived in Jabukovac, as it was far from the sea where pirates could not see the light from their fires and was therefore more secure.


The chief occupations include farming, livestock breeding, fishing and tourism.


A long, shingle beach, clear sea, the shade of tamarisk, rich offer of wholesome food, dry figs, brandy, vino, oil, cheese, honey, fish and seafood make Seline a pleasant holiday resort.

Hikers and enthusiasts can find their enjoyment in nearby Paklenica National Park or in visiting old hamlets at the foot of the hill, Bucici, Jukici, Jurline, which are named after the surnames of its inhabitants in those days, all of which survive today, where traditional culture and hospitality are still cherished.


Coordinates: 44°16′38″N 15°28′47.7″E / 44.27722°N 15.479917°E / 44.27722; 15.479917