Knin is a town in the northern part of Dalmatia, on the right bank of the River Krka, 56 km north-east of Šibenik. The Knin fortress is one of the greatest Croatian fortification monuments and it is the second largest military fortification in the whole Europe.
The fortress began to be built in the 9th century, during the birth of the old Croatian state.The fortress consists of three parts connected in-between: Lower Town, Middle Town and Upper Town. The oldest section is the upper town on the northern side of the fortress, while the middle and lower towns were built in the Late Middle Ages. The Knin Fortress is 470 m long and 110 m wide. Defense Walls, which are guided on all sides in length of almost 2 km.
In the second half of the 11th century Croatian King Dmitar Zvonimir made it a permanent capital of the Croatian state and is also called the Zvonimir City.
The fortress is best to visit in the early morning or late afternoon especially during the hot summer months. If you visit fortress in the late afternoon you can experience amazing sunset particularly during the summer time.
The Knin fortress is open in the period from March 16th to October 31st, every day from 7 am to 7 pm. The working hours out of season are from 7 am to 3 pm.