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Stari Grad Plain
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 4th century BC
Date of Inscription: 2008
Location: Europe, Croatia, island of Hvar in Dalmatia
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Description: Stari Grad Plain, located on the island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea, is a cultural landscape which has remained in almost pristine condition since its first colonization in the 4th century BC by Ionian Greeks from the island of Paros (in the Aegean Sea). The original agricultural use of this fertile land during Greek times was growing grapes and olives, which has remained the same to this day. The site also holds a characteristic as a natural reserve. The landscape testifies to the ancient Greek geometrical system of land division, which features ancient stone walls and trims, or small stone shelters; the chora has persevered virtually unchanged over 24 centuries. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Stari Grad is a small town on the northern side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia. Its municipality has a population of 2,817 (2001), of which 1,906 are in the town itself.Stari Grad, literally Old Town, is the place of the oldest human settlement on the island, and one of the first of all the Adriatic islands. It was settled during antiquity, first by an indigenous Hvar culture and later by the ancient Greeks. It is very beautiful and warm during the summer months. Stari Grad is the birthplace of the famous Renaissance writer Petar Hektorović.As of July 7th 2008 Stari Grad's plain is included in the UNESCO World Heritage site list. It is Croatia's 7th location protected by the UNESCO. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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