The Gacka


Gacka - A Park of Croatian Memory starting from the Duke Borna in the 9th century, spanning the Timeline all the way to the beginning of the 21st century. The Memory of the place and it's people who lived through and survived numerous cultural flourishments and downfalls, wars, and the times of peace. The Gacka Park is sort of a time travelling experience, so take time to go for an adventure, and meet some of the most iconic people of the town of Otočac and the Gacka Valley's rich 12 centuries long history.

It is located in the city centre, next to the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Otočac central City Park.

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Borna - one of the first Croatian rulers

Borna - one of the first Croatian rulers

The Duke of the Guduscani. Until fairly recently, Duke Borna has been seen as a negative historical personality in Croatian historiography. This tendentious interpretation has changed in recent years, and thus the perception of Borna's role in the development of Croatian statehood has changed as well. Borna was mentioned in the Royal Frankish Annals in 818, where he was referred to as "dux Guduscanorum," or the Duke of the Guduscani. It is the oldest mention of the ethnonym "Guduscan" in history, albeit in the Latin derivation. Somewhat later, Borna was referred to as "dux Dalmatiae," or the Duke of Dalmatia, which obviously speaks to the fact that he expanded his power to the south. Finally, in 821, he was mentioned as "dux Dalmatiae atque Liburniae," which is to say that he finally reigned over Liburnia as well. Borna was the first Croatian duke to rule the wider Croatian region from the Raša River in Istria to the Cetina River in the south, and to lay the foundations of the first medieval Croatian state. He was obviously chosen by the powerful Francia to establish a vassal state on the eastern Adriatic coast as a counterbalance to the previous Byzantine rule. Together with the delegates of the Guduscani, Borna was received by the emperor Louis the Pious himself in Heristal, which testifies to Borna's position and power. Although no evidence for this exists in the available records, it is assumed that he was baptized (although this cannot be claimed for his subjects). The Duke was apparently up to the historical task, thus had exploited the historical opportunity to establish a medieval Croatian state. The bas-relief sculpture was created by the sculptor Mate Čvrljak from Labin, Croatia.