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Kistanje (Croatian: Kistanje), (Serbian Cyrillic: Кистање) is a village and municipality in Šibenik-Knin County, Croatia.


Кистање (Serbian)[1]
Kistanje Municipality
Općina Kistanje
Центар Кистања.JPG
Kistanje is located in Croatia
Location of Kistanje in Croatia
Coordinates: 43°59′N 15°58′E / 43.983°N 15.967°E / 43.983; 15.967
Country Croatia
RegionAdriatic Croatia
CountyŠibenik-Knin County
 • MayorGoran Reljić (SDSS)
 • Total244.11 km2 (94.25 sq mi)
 • Total3,481
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)022


Kistanje is located in the microregion of Bukovica, in Zagora. Kistanje is 28 kilometres (17 mi) from county seat Šibenik, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Knin and 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Skradin. The Adriatic Sea is 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the south-west. The climate is Mediterranean, with an average of 27 °C in the summer and 8 °C in the winter.


Kistanje was first mentioned as Latin: Kyztane in 1408.[3][4] It originated close to the remains of a Roman camp Burnum and medieval church. During the Middle Ages it was part of Luka parish and it belonged to Šubić noble family. In 1537 an Orthodox church dedicated to St. Nicholas was built.[5] Kistanje was a trade center of this part of Bukovica. After the Kuridža rebellion in 1704, the village was renamed to Kvartir; in the 19th century it was again known as Kistanje. In 1888, the second Orthodox church, dedicated to Sts Cyril and Methodius was built. In 1894 the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Health was built.[6] In the 19th and the first part of the 20th century, Kistanje was the centre of a municipality that was abolished in the 1960s. The municipality and its territory were joined to the municipality of Knin.

During the Croatian War of Independence, local Serb rebels held the village until its capture by the Croatian Army during Operation Storm on 5 August 1995. During this period, the Church of Our Lady of Health was devastated, and most of the non-Serb population fled. The village remained under the control of Republic of Serbian Krajina until 1995, when it suffered heavy damage in battle, and some of the local civilians were killed (see Varivode massacre), while others fled.

In 1997, Kistanje became a municipality within the Šibenik-Knin County. In 1997, around 1,000 Croats from Janjevo in Kosovo were settled in the village.[7] In 2003 the second Catholic church, the Church of Saint Nicholas was dedicated.[6]


According to the 2011 census,[2] the municipality of Kistanje had 3,481 inhabitants, who lived in 14 villages:

In the 2011 census, there were 3,481 inhabitants of Kistanje municipality, 62.22% Serbs and 36.83% Croats.[8]


The municipality council has 14 seats, out of which 10 are Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), 3 are Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), and 1 is Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS).[9] The mayor of Kistanje, since 2012, is Goran Reljić (SDSS).

Notable peopleEdit

Prominent individuals that were born or that have lived either in Kistanje or the surrounding villages include:


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Government of Croatia (October 2013). "Peto izvješće Republike Hrvatske o primjeni Europske povelje o regionalnim ili manjinskim jezicima" (PDF) (in Croatian). Council of Europe. p. 36. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Kistanje". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  3. ^ "Šesto godina imena Kistanje". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 12 October 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  4. ^ "600 godina Kistanja..." (in Croatian). Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Kistanje". Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  6. ^ a b "Kistanje". Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  7. ^ "Croatia Resettling Its People In Houses Seized From Serbs". 14 May 1997. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Census 2011" (PDF). Državni zavod za statistiku. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Sastav vijeća". (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Nekažnjeni genocid". 16 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  11. ^ "Manojlovački slap". (in Croatian). 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2018.

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