Being excellent sailors, since the 13th to the 15th century the inhabitants of Omis had been controlling the navigation of ships thus making problems to developed communities on the eastern Adriatic coast as well as to Venice that had economic interests outside the Otrant. Therefore in the old mediaevel books on ports, harbours and navigation, Omis (Almissa, Dlamissa, Dalmesa) is not recorded as a good port but as a dangerous shelter for pirates such as Saracens on the Mediterranean or the Tatars in the Black Sea. The Statute of Dubrovnik strictly forbids selling of boats to inhabitants of Omis. Attacks and plundering were directed to Venetian boats and Venetian properties in Dalmatia, as well as to boats under the flag of the Kingdom of Naples. It is very probable that at the beginning of the 14 Century a tribute for free navigation was paid to Omis by Italian ports Puglia and Marche.
The frontier of mediaeval Omis together with the region of Poljice was the river Cetina that in its long course had shaped many a wonder of nature. Above its canyon on the lower Cetina frontier fortresses Kunjak and Visue were built which defended the district of Omis.
The fortress Starigrad is situated at the top of the mountain over Omis - a site of strategic importance with a broad view on all movements across the middle Poljica as well as over the navigation in the sea channel between Split and Makarska.
The name Starigrad is Croatian name for "old town" because it originated on the site of antique castellum Oneum while "new town Omis" developed on the coast. Under this name it is mentioned in documents in Latin and Italian as well as in cartography from the 15. to the 17. Century. Later, under the influence of Italian military terminology the term Fortica (The Fortress) was used.
Throughout the 16. Century the fortress Starigrad was reinforced several times due to a growing danger of Turkish attacks. By the end of the century Omis is not anymore in the Venetian - Turkish frontier area and with the spreading of free territory the strategic importance of this fortress decreases.
Cache is a small plastic box wrapped into black sack Lock&Lock. Inside you will find a logbook, 2 pencils (do not trade them please!) and some small items for kids.
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listing v 2.01; cache v.2.00