Imotski (pronounced [ǐmɔtskiː]; Italian: Imoschi; Latin:
Emotha, later Imota) is a small town situated on the northern side of
Biokovo massif, Dalmatian Hinterland, Croatia. As of 2011[update], the
town population is 4,757 and the total municipal population is 10,764.
Imotski has a very mild and pleasant climate with many sunny days.
4 Notable people
5 Twin towns
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8 External links
The town is located close to the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina, by
the towns of
Posušje and Grude. The nearest coastal town is Makarska.
Imotski is known for its medieval fortress on the rocks of Blue Lake.
Another phenomenon is the Red Lake which looks like an eye in the
scenery. Both lakes are said to be connected with underground channels
to the Adriatic Sea.
The town was first mentioned as
Imotski in the 10th century. It was
held by the Turks from the fall of Bosnia in 1492 until 1717 when it
was captured by the Venetians.
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
Imotski was part of the
Kingdom of Dalmatia
Kingdom of Dalmatia within the
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 airman/paratrooper, Marion Dropulich (Marijan Dropuljić)
who crashed near Imotski, but survived and was taken by Italian
Soldiers happened to have been a Croatian American with immediate
Imotski ancestry. Marijan Dropuljic'i (Marion Dropulich's)grand
daughter Doreena Dropulich Tompkins Authored a book "The Day I Found
Our Family In Croatia" in October 2015. The story tells of the journey
to find the Dropuljic' family in Croatia/Imotski.
The climate is Mediterranean, with the highest air temperature
averaging 26 °C (79 °F) during July and the 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.
Two kinds of wind are common in the area - the northern to
north-eastern bura which usually brings cold and clear weather in
winter and the southern to south-eastern jugo (jug=south) which often
One of the Vlachs of Imotski most famous sons 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. The famous poet Tin
Ujević spent part of his childhood in Imotski. Politician, poet and
Vlado Gotovac was born and spent his early years in
Imotski. The city itself is home to Croatian league football club NK
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 the singer
Neda Ukraden and film director Antun Vrdoljak.
Sports stars include female tennis player
Silvija Talaja and
Tomislav Bušić and Ivan Gudelj. The father of former
Canada national men's ice hockey team
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 terrorist
Zvonko Bušić is
also from Imotski.
Dinko Šakić officer in nazi
NDH was born in
Imotski, and Veljko Kadijević, Minister of Defence in the Yugoslav
government from 1988 to 1992, was born in Glavina Donja, near Imotski,
but then moved to Moscow,Russia.
Ante Rebić is from Imotski.
Imotski is twinned with:
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Zagreb (1999), ISBN 953-178-097-8
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 3, 2012.
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srednjovjekovne bosanske historije, 2012, p.25-51
Ante Ujević (1991) . Imotska krajina. Matica hrvatska.
Vjeko Vrčić (1996). Plemena Imotske krajine. Franjevački Samostan.
Nedeljko Kujundžić (1981). Imotska krajina u narodnooslobodilačkoj
borbi 1941-1945: pali borci, žrtve fašističkog terora i spomen
obilježja. Prilozi izučavanju revolucionarnog pokreta, NOB-a i
socijalističke revolucije. Imotski.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Imotski.
Official website (in Croatian)
Imotske novine(Newspapers of Imotski) (in Croatian)
Imotski forum (in Croatian)
Imotski (in Croatian)
Subdivisions of Split-Dalmatia County
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