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Imotski is located in Croatia
Imotski
Imotski (Croatia)
Imotski Municipality within Split-Dalmatia County

Imotski is a small town situated in the Dalmatian hinterland of Croatia. The town population is 4,347 while the total municipal population is 10,213 (2001). The town is located close to the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina, by the town of Posušje. The nearest coastal town is Makarska.

Imotski is known for its medieval fortress on the rocks of Blue Lake. Another phenomenon is the Red Lake which looks like the eye in the scenery. Both lakes are said to be connected with underground channels to the Adriatic Sea. Unlike other towns in the area, Imotski had an educational system which consisted of primary and secondary schools from as early as the beginning of the 20th century. The secondary school was founded in 1912 when Imotski was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Imotski has a Mediterranean climate. Average temperature is 15 Celsius.

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History

From 1941 to 1945 Imotski was part of the Independent State of Croatia. In April, 1944 German forces shot down three American B-24s.[1] The local population saved as many of the American personnel as they could. In 2008, the city decided to raise a memorial to the deceased soldiers.

Notable people

The settlement's most famous son is Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian national football team which finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. There is also a famous writer Tin Ujevic. The city itself is home to Croatian league football club NK Imotski. There are other individuals born in Imotski to have made their names known outside of the local region. In the world of entertainment, there is singer Neda Ukraden and film director Antun Vrdoljak. Sports starts include female tennis player Silvija Talaja and footballer Tomislav Bušić. Father of former Canada national men's ice hockey team captain Joe Sakic, Marijan Šakić, is from Imotski. The famous boxer Mate Parlov was born near Imotski in the village of Ričice, and a famous fighter for Croatian independence Zvonko Bušić is also from Imotski. Veljko Kadijević, Minister of Defence in the Yugoslav government from 1988 to 1992, was born in Glavina Donja, near Imotski, but now lives in Moscow, Russia.

References

  1. ^ Uskoro spomen obilježje američkim pilotima poginulim u Crvenom jezeru

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Coordinates: 43°27′N 17°13′E / 43.45°N 17.217°E / 43.45; 17.217

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