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Sinj: town with a famous heritage
sinj6Sinj is the center of an area known as Cetinska krajina, placed on a fertile karstic field  (Sinjsko polje) through which the river Cetina passes.The anniversary of the last victory over the Ottoman army in 1715 is celebrated yearly in the beginning of August by Sinjska Alka, a competition in which ceremonially dressed horsemen try to hit a small ring (alka) with their lance while galloping. The second major event centers around the Franciscan Church of Our Lady of Sinj (Crkva Gospa Sinjska) which is a pilgrimage site related to a painting of the Virgin  (brought to the church in the 1400s).

sinj3Sinj and Cetinska Krajina represent an interesting tourist area, and the major attraction, for which the town is known a, is certainly the traditional Tilters Tournament of Sinj. It takes place every year on the first Sunday in August to commemorate the victory over the Turkish army in 1715. The tilters, dressed in the traditional costumes, ride on horseback in full gallop, trying to thrust a ring (alka), hanging from a wire, with a lance.The tilter who scores the highest number of points (punat) is declared victor. Many tourist from Croatia and abroad visit the Tilters Tournament every year.

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