There is a reason why so many TV shows and movies use Croatia as a filming location. Its charming and historic setting creates the perfect backdrop for a range of storylines.
And the makers of shows aren't the only people who are drawn to the beauty of the country. Throughout time, many have chosen Croatia as a place to create wonderful buildings that pull in crowds from around the world. Yet, while many structures stood the test the time, others, unfortunately, did not.
Haludovo Palace Hotel
Built in the 1970s, Haludovo Palace Hotel was one of the most luxurious places in the region. Its owner, Bob Guccione, invested $45 million into it and rumor has it, the hotel even had a champagne-filled pool.
One of the main draws to the resort was its stylish casino. Despite excluding guests from its home country, Guccione believed that the casino would compete with Las Vegas and attract wealthy clientele from around the world. However, the clubhouse was struggling and it wasn’t long before it closed. Today, the whole place is abandoned and falling apart.
Perhaps with a little advice, the hotel and casino would have thrived as intended. After all, as BonusFinder CA said in an article that it's very important for modern online casino sites to provide a range of choices of classic games and classic casino slots. It helps to boost customer satisfaction, and anything that does that "is a smart way of doing business”. The website helps people find casinos and bonuses that suit them and knows what it’s talking about. So, maybe if the hotel had focused on these points, it might still be around today.
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The Kupari Resort
Back in 1919, a resort that could hold up to 6000 visitors was built just up the road from Dubrovnik. The main hotel of the area was a luxury building named Grand Hotel and contained opulent rooms, restaurants, and views for elite military personnel and their loved ones.
Sadly, just over 70 years later, the resort was destroyed and today, the hotel and its surrounding attractions still lie in ruin. Luckily, though, the area has found a new owner and there are plans to transform it back to its glory days.
Although this is a hard task, it isn’t impossible. SpanishProperty SP wrote a blog that tells us about how Navarre's Lakabe Ecoaldea was transformed from an abandoned medieval village into a modern, liveable eco-village. This gives hope to the neglected resort of Kupari and proves that it can be returned to its old self.
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While this building is not abandoned, it is crumbling. Yet, being over 2000 years old, it can be forgiven for being so dilapidated. It was built when Pula was at the center of Roman rule around 27BC, which would have made it one of the most exciting and visited buildings of the time.
However, despite the resurgence of popularity for the structure today, the theatre was used for calmer activities throughout history and in the 1700s, stone was taken from the building to use for the local cathedral. This may explain why the amphitheater looks the way it does now.
In talking about the venue today, CroatiaTourism HR says on its site it’s a sightseeing mecca in the daytime but used for concerts, operas, and ballets later on. Although still used for entertainment, it’s come a long way since gladiator fights.