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Never a Conquered Town

Otočac is the seat of the Gacka area and the seat of township. It is one of the oldest towns with Croatian population. The first written records of the town date back to the end of the 11th century (1100) and the Baška Tablet, an inscribed stone tablet from the island of Krk which belongs among the earliest known monuments to Croatian literacy and culture. However, historians believe that Otočac dates farther back than the 11th century and assume that Duke Borna probably had one of his seats in Otočac at the beginning of the 9th century. Otočac owes its name and its survival to a river island. Up until the 18th century Otočac was situated on a small natural island in the Gacka river. The island was surrounded with fortification walls and towers for protection and could be accessed only by boat. This made it invincible and throughout its long history Otočac was never a conquered town.


  • River Gacka and it's valley
  • Monument of Sigismund Frankopan
  • Memorial to fallen Croatian defenders
  • Velebita and Mala Kapela
  • Ruins of Fortica

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