December 3, 2022
interesting facts

In nature, we sometimes encounter unusual and rare phenomena. Baljenac, also known as Bavljenac Island, is located in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, part of the Sibenik archipelago.

You might think there’s nothing interesting about it – it’s just an island, until you get a bird’s-eye view. From there, it takes on a different light, as it reveals a giant fingerprint. The giant word can be deceptive, however, because the island is actually very small, at just 0.14 km2.

Baljenac therefore paints the image of a perfectly formed fingerprint in almost every corner: the oval shape is the shape of a finger, and the stone walls on the island embody the grooves. The walls, built centuries ago, wind in a labyrinthine 23 km long around the island. Their construction can be traced back to agricultural activities, as the Croatian island was once a wonderful place for growing grapes and olives. The stone walls were a good way of marking out the boundaries of the area, and also protected the growing trees and vines from strong gusts of wind.

Although there is no longer any trace of the former farming and Baljenac Island is virtually bird-free, it deserves to be included in the list of World Heritage sites.

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