NERETVA RIVER Roman Temple Site In The Heart of the Swamp

Author(s): Olja Ljubišić Photographer(s): Olja Ljubišić
 Archaeological research conducted at the Plećašove štale site in 1995 and 1996 led to a sensational discovery of the remains of a Roman temple – the Augusteum – and 17 marble statues, both outsized and in natural height. 

The Narona Archaeological Museum was established by a directive passed by Croatia's Government in 2005 and, after exceptionally demanding construction works; it was formally inaugurated on 18 May 2007 as the first in situ museum in Croatia.

Such an approach to the presentation of an archaeological site has enriched Croatia's museum scene and has few peers at the European or even global level.

Thus far, the Museum has received three awards, including the Vladimir Nazor Award conferred to architect Goran Rako for the Museum's design, the Cemex Award conferred to the contractor MGA of Metković for its construction efforts, and the Croatian Tourism Board's Blue Flower Award conferred to the Narona Archaeological Museum for its special contribution to enriching Croatia's tourism product.

In the summer months, the Museum's outdoor terraces host a cultural event called the Naronitan Cultural Summer, including theatrical performances, exhibitions, concerts and book presentations.

Publius Vatinius to his friend Cicero greeting. If you are well I am glad; I am also well. I have not yet fished out anything about your Dionysius, and the less so, because the Dalmatian cold, which forced me out of that country, has again frozen me here. However, I will not give up till I have sooner or later got hold of him. … Good-bye. 5 December,  Narona. – Cicero, V, Letter X.