Klis (Croatian: Klis, Italian: Clissa, Turkish: Kilis) is a Croatian village and a municipality located around a mountain fortress bearing the same name.

Flag of Klis
Klis is located in Croatia
Coordinates: 43°34′N 16°31′E / 43.567°N 16.517°E / 43.567; 16.517
Country Croatia
Historical regionDalmatian Hinterland
County Split-Dalmatia
 • Municipality149.1 km2 (57.6 sq mi)
 • Urban
24.1 km2 (9.3 sq mi)
 • Municipality5,226
 • Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Klis seen from the Klis Fortress



In the 2011 census the municipality of Klis had a total population of 4,801, consisting of the following settlements:[3]



It is a suburb of Split located in the region of Dalmatia, located just northeast of Solin and Split proper near the eponymous mountain pass.[4]

The Klis mountain pass separates the mountains Mosor and Kozjak at an altitude of 360m. It has had a major strategic value throughout history because any inland force passing through Klis would have been able to easily reach the entire region of Split and Kaštela.

Due to its geographical position Klis is also susceptible to a rather strong bura wind.



During the Ottoman wars in Europe an already existing Roman fortress on a nearby hill was expanded into Klis Fortress. It was the centre of a sanjak within the Province of Bosnia during Ottoman rule. Klis was also ruled by the Kingdom of Bosnia, the Venetian Republic,[5] and Austria-Hungary.

In Klis area was first mentioned name of "Uskoks"[6]

Notable objects

  • One of only three preserved Ottoman mosques on the territory of Croatia exists in the Klis fortress. The mosque was built shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Klis in year 1537. It was converted into a Catholic church after the Venetian conquest of Klis in year 1648, and it has been used for that purpose ever since.
  • An old Turkish public water faucet exists in the town.
  • Fortress of Klis



The village is served by local bus from Split city centre.

See also



  1. ^ Register of spatial units of the State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia. Wikidata Q119585703.
  2. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements" (xlsx). Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in 2021. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. 2022.
  3. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Klis". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  4. ^ The Rough Guide to Croatia by Jonathan Bousfield
  5. ^ When Ethnicity did not Matter in the Balkans: by John Van Antwerp Fine.page 173.
  6. ^ University Study of Pedagogy and History, The origin and military activity of the Uskoks, Hrvoje Sopta, 2017.https://repozitorij.ffos.hr/islandora/object/ffos%3A2247/datastream/PDF/view #page=3

43°34′N 16°31′E / 43.567°N 16.517°E / 43.567; 16.517