Omiš Pirate Battle offers a glimpse into the town’s glorious pirate history.
One of the most popular cultural events this summer will take place in Omiš next week, on Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18, marking the historic pirate battle, which happened in the 13th century between Venetians and Omiš pirates. This unique event attracts more than 10 000 spectators each year to the Omiš harbour.
A bit of Omiš (pirate) history
Owing to the rich cultural and historical heritage, the town of Omiš is known as the city of pirates. Throughout the entire 12th and 13th century, Omiš pirates, lead by the famous dukes of the Kačić family, ruled the large part of the Adriatic, from Omiš to Dubrovnik. It was during the time when most of Dalmatia was under the Venetian rule. Omiš became so powerful, that in 1221 Venetians launched a crusade against them.
Ruthless and infamous Corsairs of Almissa (Omiš pirates), led by their ruler Malduk, whose Sagittas, fast pirate ships were built for to attack and protect the town, defeated the Venetian army, led by the fleet commander Acconcio. As a result, Venetians had to pay a fee in gold coins to Omiš pirates for sailing through the Brač channel and other areas of the Omiš sea (known as Mare nostrum).
Around one hundred actors armed with swords and flintlock pistols on several pirate and Venetian galleons and sagittas will re-enact this fierce battle on Friday, August 18 in Omiš harbour. After the the amazing pirate show, there will be a celebration of this historical victory with live music playing into the late night hours.
In addition the spectacular show, the organisers of the event have also prepared something for the hungry – a rich offer of local gourmet delicacies, and something for the young ones – a kids’ pirate day.
Mark your calendar for next week, August 17 and 18, and be sure to not to miss this unique event in Omiš, described as ‘a free Hollywood blockbuster taking place right before your eyes!’
Photos: TZ Omiš, www.visitomis.hr