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Smrden Castle

Local name: Smrden grad

Smrdan Grad is a fortress towering over the tourist town of Klek in Croatia. The oldest ruins preserved to this day are the remains of fortifications built by the Turks at the beginning of the 15th century, designed to protect the port of Klek and the entrance to the bay of Neum. At the end of the 17th century, the fortress was taken over by the Venetians, who banished the Ottoman Empire in 1689. The complex is listed as a cultural property of the Republic of Croatia.

Inside the fortifications there is a small baroque church with a rectangular apse and belfry. The walls and well-preserved towers offer a beautiful panorama of the area. Near the ruins is an old cemetery with a grave stone dating back to the Middle Ages. The name Smrdan Grad was the result of a legend about the siege of the fort by the Ottoman corps. The unburied bodies of the Turks began to rot, giving off an unpleasant smell and hence the name Smrdan (stink).


Attractions inside

    Smrden Castle map
    20356 Klek , Croatia