ABOUT THE INTERPRETATION CENTER
Welcome! This is a place that will remind you of the rich maritime heritage, the sailing culture and the coexistence of the islanders with the sea and the forest.
In this story, the quay, the ships, the shipyard and the skills of shipbuilding and navigation play a major role.
Every city, village or region has an important cultural heritage. All these places have tourist resources that include natural, cultural, but also impalpable, intangible heritage that we present to visitors through an interpretive story.
The role of the interpretation center is to work on the study, preservation and transmission of cultural heritage. How well we know our heritage depends on how much we will value ourselves, how much we will respect others, and how much others will value us. Visit us and become part of the story of the unbreakable bond between man, oak and ship!
„Every city, village or region has an important cultural heritage, whether it is urban, architectural or ethnological. All these places have specific tourist resources that include natural heritage properties (landscape, adventure sports, flora, fauna, hiking), as well as cultural heritage from ethnographic, historical, artistic and monumental, to those that we consider intangible or generic.
All these resources, if treated appropriately, can be turned into tourism products of exceptional potential. However, in order for these resources to be perceived as a product, they must be presented to visitors in an appropriate way. This is one of the tasks of the interpretation center. Another, perhaps even more important, role of the interpretation center is to work on the study, preservation and transmission of cultural heritage.
We are what we are only thanks to the language we speak, the cultural and historical heritage we inherit. How well we know our heritage depends on how much we will value ourselves, how much we will respect others, but also how much others will value us.“
– Martin Piñol,C. 2011: A new form of cultural institutions: The example of the Catalan Center for the Interpretation of Romanic culture. Informatica Museologica 42-96
The modernly equipped interactive space is divided into two thematic units. The first consists of the Oak Forest (locally "drmun"), and the second maritime heritage. Nowhere have these two entities defined each other as much as it is the case in Dubašnica.
There you will get to know the history of Dubašnica, seemingly modest, but extremely influential. Small events over the centuries left a deep mark there, just as water hollows out even the hardest stone. This is how age-old responsible behavior towards nature shaped the present-day Oak Forests „drmun“ in Dubašnica as the most picturesque example of sustainable forest management.
DUBoak is a place where Dubašnica will reveal to you things that cannot be seen otherwise. These are not secrets, but hidden gems that can only be seen by those who want to hear Dubašnica tell the story. Look what awaits you!
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There you will get to know history, seemingly modest, but extremely influential. Small events over the centuries left a deep mark there, just as water hollows out even the hardest stone.
Today, Dubašnica is a historical-territorial toponym used to name the northwestern part of the island of Krk, characterized by rich oak forests. In addition to Malinska, as the center of the municipality, Dubašnica includes about twenty other villages in the area.
The rich history of Dubašnica dates back to the time of the Liburnians, who used these same oaks to build their famous sewn ships. And everyone who came after them knew how to recognize in Dubašnica and its oak trees all these treasures that today can pass unnoticed to the untrained eye.
Although it was mentioned as early as the 12th century, Dubašnica was actually inhabited only during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the last Krk prince, Ivan VII. Frankopan brought inhabitants from the mainland to this area, and an independent commune was formed there as early as 1480, and in 1491 the existence of the Dubašnica parish was officially recorded, although it probably existed much earlier. The commune was named after the village of Dubašnica, which was located south of today’s Malinska, a little above the village of Porat, the then main port of the commune of Dubašnica. Both the village and the commune owe their name to the oak tree – a pubescent oak that still covers the forests of Dubašnica with its large crowns.
At the end of the 18th century, the village Dubašnica was abandoned due to malaria and the center of the commune moved to the village of Bogović during the 19th century, and Malinska became its main port. Although Dubašnica was known for its fertile land, always excellent olive oil and highly sought-after red wine, the most important export product was firewood, and it was precisely this that formed the basis on which our maritime heritage rests. Due to the export of wood, ships were built, due to large bracers and loggers, docks were built where steamships could dock, and with the first boats, the first guests began to arrive, who recognized the Oak Forests/„Drmun“ as rich hunting grounds for even richer Austrian gentlemen. Because of the generous and good oak, doghouses and huts were built there… Land workers sometimes fished here, just as fishermen often worked on the land.
And precisely in this lies the unbreakable connection between the coast and the hinterland of Dubašnica, and this has determined the past, and we can say the present of Dubašnica. But that is already a story that you must come to listen to in DUBoak, because even a thick book in several volumes would not have enough space to fit all the stories that await you there.