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Eduard Slavoljub Penkala was an extraordinary Croatian inventor and innovator who registered the patent for an automatic mechanical pencil and a solid - ink fountain pen, a truly revolutionary innovation among all writing instruments. Thanks to his big innovation, the pencil roots from his last name, Mr. Penkala.Source: http://www.penkala.net/Penkala/penkala.html https://www.croatia-times.com/like-croatia/croatian-inventions-2/
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It’s hard to choose just one of Nikola’s Tesla ’s hundreds of inventions, but the Croatian-born inventor is perhaps most famous for developing alternating current, the system that powers our homes and businesses today and it is hard to imagine every day life without the electricity.
A cravat, symbol of culture and elegance, is associated with Croats. At the beginning of 17th century, Croatian soldiers begun tying identifying scarves around their necks. It is known that the French king Louis XIV was involved in secret negotiations with counts Zrinski and Frankopan in order to get Croatia under French patronage. That failed, but the Roi de soleil started to wear a cravat because it was more practical and more beautiful than the starched high-lace collar the French used to wear. When the most powerful European king put on the cravat, a new fashion style became popular. The court even employed a cravat-maker (cravatier) who delivered a few cravats to the king on a daily basis so he could choose the one that suited him most. The cravat quickly spread across Europe and it conquered all the continents very soon.
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Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible.
The Old City of Dubrovnik is a unique example on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The Old City of Dubrovnik is a late-medieval walled city known for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. Dubrovnik’s city walls, encircle most of the Old City and are almost 2 km long.
6 KM LONG 2ND IN THE WORLD
San Marino is the oldest republic in Europe, it was founded at the beginning of 4th century. The founder of the republic of San Marino was Croatian stonemason (klesar) from Croatian island of Rab.
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Marco Polo, famous merchant and adventurer, was Croatian, despite many diverse opinions about his native place, he was born on the Croatian island of Korčula. He traveled from Europe to Asia and he remained in China for 17 years. His book (work) Il milione - “The Million” - known in English also as the Travels of Marco Polo, is a classic of travel literature. The book made Marco a famous person, it was printed in French, Italian and Latin, and became the most popular read in Europe.
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