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The old town of Vrana holds a significant place in Croatian history. The fortress is mentioned as early as the 9th century.
The old town of Vrana was in the possession of Croatian kings in the early Middle Ages. In Latin sources it was called Aurana, Laurana Arauzona. From Renaissance times in Vrana among historical people it is definitely necessary to mention the brothers Francesco and Luciano Laurana (Vranjane), famous painters originating from Vrana who were educated and worked in Italy. Many of their works have been preserved.
Vrana fell to the Turks in 1527 and remained under Turkish rule until 1648. Among well-known people from the Turkish period, Jusuf Mašković must be mentioned, most likely originating from Vrana or Pakoštane. Mašković as a local young man of talent was soon noticed by Turkish dignitaries. He commanded the Turkish fleet in the Candian War and managed to take Crete (Candia) from the Venetians. As a result of his mercy towards the captured Venetian soldiers, he was beheaded in 1645 by order of the Sultan. He left behind an important monument of Islamic architecture, the westernmost existing Turkish monument in Europe. Near the end of his service, he decided to construct an important public building in his old country in which he likely thought he would spend his old age far away from court intrigues. Upon his death the construction halted and Mašković Han was never completed; however, it has been preserved in large measure to the present day.
When they re-took Vrana in 1647, Venetian guns devistated the Vrana fortifications and buildings. (Source: Wikipedia)
During the summer season, on the last weekend of August, the historical event, "Days of the Knights of Vrana", takes place, during which ancient times are briefly brought back to life. Come and see it, and for at least a moment go back to life as it was lived in Vrana a few centuries ago, you'll enjoy it!
Access to the interior is of Mašković Han is not permitted. Looking aroung the outside of the building is possible anytime. The old town of Vrana can be visited anytime.
There is no charge for visiting Mašković Han or the old town of Vrana.
HOW TO GET THERE
The location of the old town of Vrana is marked on the Google map. Mašković Han is located 100 meters to the south. There is no parking organised for tourists along the old town of Vrana or Mašković Han, but parking can be found nearby.
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