The Wall of Oštrica

I am sure that no traveler passed tiny Grebaštica village, when driving from Split to Šibenik, without noticing the imposing wall on a long peninsula. That wall always looked so mysterious and so prohibitive that I simply had to visit. Another sunny morning yesterday and, after I have finished some work in Šibenik, I simply drove south to see the wall up close.

The Wall of Oštrica

Grebaštica was a fairly important town in the Middle Ages and had a large monastery destroyed probably in the Turkish wars. The Turks started raiding this area as early as late 15th century and, with the fall of some important towns and strongholds in the area, the panic made the people flee Grebaštica and the town never recovered. But, at the time, being wealthy, the people of Grebaštica could afford a construction of an impressive wall that would protect them from the Turks.

The wall

The wall is called “BEDEM” – meaning defensive, protective wall in Croatian. It is 10 meters (about 30 ft) high and about 1 meter (about 2 ft) wide running across the entire narrow neck of Oštrica peninsula. It is truly impressive and looks like some fallen defense wall from the Lord of The Rings overrun by the Orcs 🙂
I am not sure how well it protected the locals since the Turks had a fairly good navy later on…
It is also said that the wall was used, in the time of the plague, to separate the sick from the healthy so the sick were moved to the other side of the wall where (probably) some buildings were erected for their last days…

Tha inside area with steps still in good condition!

The wall is still in a very good shape! The parts closest to the sea are the only ones that are ruined and that was probably on purpose. Local people have always used abandoned structures as a great source of building material… Following the dirt road from Grebaštica, you will come to a fence and a gate just next to the wall – the entire peninsula is now a hunting ground and they are trying to keep the game on the peninsula. It is easy to get “inside” though – there is a construction of ladders that is easy to climb.

The wall going down the slope.

The massive wall of Oštrica is one of the prettiest example of Medieval defense walls in Croatia making it well worth a visit. The secluded beaches of Oštrica peninsula are also quite pretty and the entire peninsula, heavily wooded is a pleasant hiking area.

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  1. Čiovka says:

    Predzadnja slika je baš kao iz Gospodara prstenova! 🙂

  2. Baš san se i ja na tom mistu sitija Gospodara!

  3. ja san načuja da su iza zida sakrivali jude bolesne od kuge…znaš li ča o temu…

  4. Je, napisa san isto dvi crte o tome jer se malo zna. Izgleda da bi ih poslali s drugu stranu u neku vrstu izolacije. Uskoro ću se naći s nekim arheolozima iz Šibenika pa ću ih baš pitati.

  5. viktor says:

    Koliko sam ja čuo ljudi iza ovih zidova nisu bili bolesni od kuge već gubavci. Od kuge se na ovakav način baš i nije moglo zaštititi, preventiva za kugu bile su karantene za brodove koji su dolazili iz rizičnih područja, a gubavce su mahom izolirali i onda su im bližnji tamo donosili potrepštine.

  6. @ Viktor – to svakako ima smisla više nego kuga! malo ću se još raspitati pa možda bude štogod i za nadopuniti ovu priču.

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