In the northwest corner of this green sea, in the shadow of Mt. Visoka and at the foot of an old fort, lies the town of Sinj, an attractive verdant setting difficult to imagine as the site of fierce combat and great suffering.
Sinj is located 34 kilometres from Split. It is a patchwork quilt of fields and pastures, stitched together with rows of willows and poplars.
It is the place of pilgrimage to Our Lady. Every year thousands of people from all parts of Croatia and further come to Our Lady and have left spiritually strengthened and renewed.
- Every year, on the first Sunday in August, a tilting competition takes place here, brilliantly costumed knights (alkari) competing according to tourney rules preserved over the centuries. This tilting ceremonies last for a three days. On the first day the “Alkari” (tilters) complete for “Bara” and on the second for “Coja”, which is the pre-qualification stage for the main competition. “Vojvoda” (the Duke) puts three meter long “Coja” (red homespun) on the winners lance point.
The competitors in knightly postures on galloping horses aim the ring target called “Alka” with their lances. “Alka” consists of two concentric iron rings linked by three bars dividing the space between the rings into three equal parts. A hit into the smallest central part (“u sridu”) gives three points, the top part two and the bottom parts one point each. The winner is the competitor that has collected the maximum number og points. Vojvoda ties a threecoloured flag called “plamenac” to the winner called “Slavodobitnik” and gives orders for the Alkar`s name to be recorded in golden letters in the Chronicle of Chivalrous Alkar (Tilting ) Club.
- The Alka tournament presents symbol of victory of the people of Sinj and the Cetina district from Turkish attacking.
Proud and jewel of Sinj and Cetina district is Miracle Painting of Bless Virgin Mary of Mercy. This portrait is one of the most beautiful painting in Christian art. There are many Mary royal towns in catholic world. Numerous pilgrims come to receive Marija´s mercy.
The outlying housing developments that form part of Sinj in administrative sense include Bajagić, Brnaze, Čitluk, Glavice………
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Sports & natureThe mountain of Svilaja extends over the area of about 30 kilometres, from Sinjsko Polje Valley to Drniško Polje Valley near the town of Drniš. At an elevation of 1509 metres, the summit of Svilaja dominates this part of the Dalmatian hinterland.
Nightlife infoEvery year, on the first Sunday in August, a tilting competition takes place here, brilliantly costumed knights (alkari) competing according to tourney rules preserved over the centuries.
Culture and history infoThe archaeological collection of Sinj Franciscan monastery is considered to be one of the oldest and most valuable collections in Croatia. It was founded in 1860 by diligent and ardent Father Ante Konstantin Matas, a great humanist and reformer, the headmaster of the Franciscan Grammar School in Sinj. One of the most scenic and memorable symbols of Sinj, located in the very town centre, opposite the Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj. Kamičak is a star-shaped fort, built in 1712 on the hill of the same name. On the tower there is a clock ringing three minutes before the hour, and ticking on the hour. At the top of the tower there is a bronze bell cast in the foundry of the famous Italian family Colbachini.
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