Nečven Castle

Nečven Castle

Nečven Castle, locally known as Utvrda Nečven, lies west of the hamlet of Puljane, in the county of Šibenik-Knin in Croatia.

Nečven Castle was built during the 13th century by the Nelipić family, local Croatian nobles from Knin. Although according to legend, it was already constructed in the 9th century. It was built on a high cliff above the left bank of the Krka River. This was a strategic site, as here an important trade route passed the Krka canyon via a wooden toll bridge. On the opposite site of the canyon another castle was situated, Trošenj, which was held by the Nelipić's rivals, also local Croatian nobles; the Šubić family.

The Nelipić's held the castle until 1421. Several owners followed until 1522, when the Ottoman Empire took the castle. They transformed it into an influential regional administrative center. In the 2nd part of the 17th century the Turks were expelled and driven out of the area. By then the castle was in a very dilapidated state and already partly in ruins. A century later it was finally abandoned when also the wider area depopulated.

Nečven Castle can freely be visited. A nice castle ruin, but mostly because of its location.


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Nečven Castle

Nečven Castle

Nečven Castle, locally known as Utvrda Nečven, lies west of the hamlet of Puljane, in the county of Šibenik-Knin in Croatia.

Nečven Castle was built during the 13th century by the Nelipić family, local Croatian nobles from Knin. Although according to legend, it was already constructed in the 9th century. It was built on a high cliff above the left bank of the Krka River. This was a strategic site, as here an important trade route passed the Krka canyon via a wooden toll bridge. On the opposite site of the canyon another castle was situated, Trošenj, which was held by the Nelipić's rivals, also local Croatian nobles; the Šubić family.

The Nelipić's held the castle until 1421. Several owners followed until 1522, when the Ottoman Empire took the castle. They transformed it into an influential regional administrative center. In the 2nd part of the 17th century the Turks were expelled and driven out of the area. By then the castle was in a very dilapidated state and already partly in ruins. A century later it was finally abandoned when also the wider area depopulated.

Nečven Castle can freely be visited. A nice castle ruin, but mostly because of its location.


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