Cave Park Grabovača

Unique Cave Park in Europe

The area of Perušić is inhabited since 1st cent. BC

 During that period, settlements Kosinj and Kvarte were developed, rich in economy and culture

Cultural and historical heritage

Old town Perušić

In the protected landscape, Old town Perušić is located. Formerly known as Vrhovine and ruled by the Frankopan family, it was first mentioned in 1071. It was gifted in 1487. to it's new owners - brothers Perušić, which renamed the settlement to it's modern day name.
During the Ottoman occupation (until 1696) Perušić was important Turkish post because of it's location and closeness to the Habsburg monarchy and the Republic of Venice. After the priest Marko Mesić freed regions of Lika and Krbava, the Turkish inhabitants were baptised. Their decendants still live in Perušić.
Old town Perušić, also known as Gradina or Turska kula, is the most famous symbol of Perušić Municipality.
The Old town is currently in the process of restauration because it used to have three more defensive towers and fortified walls - only the ruins exist today.

Cultural and historical heritage

Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Located on a neighbouring hill is the church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the most beautiful and valuable religious object in Lika region, built on the location of medieval gothic church (13 - 14 century), which was transformed into a mosque, during the Ottoman period, and later rebuilt as a catholic church, with some mosque elements still visible today. After the liberation from the Ottomans, the sign was placed above the entrance -  In hoc signo vinces (In this sign, you will conquer) symbolising the victory of Cross over the Crescent moon.
The nave of the church is 42 meters long and contains 28 elements of interior protected on the list of movable cultural heritage. There are 9 beautiful altars and the golden cross on top of the church.

Cultural and historical heritage

Chruch of the Saint Nicholas the Bishop

The chruch of the Saint Nicholas the Bishop in Kaluđerovac- the church was built in 1865, on top of the ruins of an older church (only the altar remained), funded by the Habsburg Monarchy.
The church possesses architectural and historical values, incorporated in the ambient of the rustic village.

Cultural and historical heritage

Ruins of the church of Saint Marco

Archaeological site - ruins of the church of Saint Marco , in Selo Sveti Marko. The ruins of a gothic chruch from 14th or 15th century are located on top of the hill. The locals are saying that the walls and the entrance existed in 20th century.

Cultural and historical heritage

Church of the Holy Apostle Evangelist Luke

Church of the Holy Apostle Evangelist Luke, built in 1869, is an orthodox church in Studenci. The church is unique in the region for it's elements and history.
 Some historians are claiming that the church existed even in 1774!

Cultural and historical heritage

Theresian route

Theresian route - according to the locals, the route that connects Mezinovac and Mlakva was built during the reign of the empress Maria Theresa. The route was a main communication line between Perušić and Kosinj valley.
Unfortunately, the route is abandoned and overgrown because of the modern routes.