In the powerful embrace of the stony rulers of the karst, Dinara ,Kamešnica and Svilaja, bathed in the virgin spring of the Cetina River, lies the town of Sinj,a place of long and rich cultural-historical heritage. Sinj gave birth to Alka, the chivalry competition honouring the famous 1715 victory over the Ottomans. Sinj spends the whole year waiting for August,when the sounds fuse together into a perfect symphony of a march, the drumming of horses’ hoofbeats and neighs from the noble Alka stables,when the sun brings forth glimpses of sabres, yatagans, maces and a few parts of the rich Alkars and Alka squiers uniforms. Centuries faithful to the heavenly protector, the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj,today it is the home of one of the largest Croatian Madonna sanctuaries. The church courtyard is a traditional setting for the Klape Gospi Sinjskoj concert,which is famous for spiritual songs and performers of great quality. The worshippers set off on the Our Lady of Sinj Route pilgrimage route on ancient paths and picturesque bridges on the Cetina River,taking the traditional walking and riding paths alongside the remains of forts, and the abandoned Rera route,which was once Sinj’s railway. The Museum of Cetina Region and the Archaeological collection of the Franciscan monastery offers a number of priceless historical pieces from local sites(ancient Aequum),which bear witness to an old civilisation in these parts. The Museum Alka of Sinj presents the UNESCO-protected chivalry game in a contemporary and interesting way. The Sikirica Gallery,apart from the permanent exhibition of the sculptor Stipe Sikirica,offers exhibitions,literary nights and cultural events. The immeasurable richness of tradition,which is necessary to preserve for future generations,has also been recognized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia,which included rera singing,the yearly carnival of the sub-Kamešnica villages,while the nijemo kolo,a unique dance,is already on the UNESCO list.

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