You’ve paraded through Diocletian’s Palace, you’ve sauntered along Dubrovnik’s city walls. Now it’s time to veer off the beaten path for some experiences that are uniquely Croatian — from sipping wine in an ancient cave under a busy city airport to basking in 5-star luxury in a remote century-old lighthouse. Here are our picks for Croatia’s top one-of-a-kind sights.
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St. Blaise Church, Vodnjan
Just north of the Istrian city of Pula is the sleepy little hamlet of Vodnjan, where the spooky main attraction is inside the town’s Baroque church, St. Blaise. Here, a tour guide will escort you to a room behind the church’s main altar, wherein lie the very dried but (to varying extents) frighteningly intact remains of 6 long-dead Catholic saints, brought here from Italy for wartime safekeeping nearly 2 centuries ago.Among them is St. Nicolosa Bursa, whose 500-year-old mummy is claimed to be the best preserved in Europe, and is furthermore reputed to work miracles against a host of ailments. The church is also home to a reliquary with more than 350 glass-protected holy artifacts, including a thorn from Jesus’ crown and the undecayed tongue of St. Mary of Egypt.
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