Primošten Planning Underwater Pedestrian Tunnel for Tourists

Daniela Rogulj

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T.portal reports on January 28, 2019, that the municipality of Primošten will build a submarine tunnel between the New Riva and the other side of the coast, in the Porat bay, which was confirmed by the mayor of Primošten, Stipe Petrina.

“We are talking about a panoramic pedestrian tunnel with transparent walls, which will be 60 meters long and 6 meters wide, which would lie at 18 meters below sea level at the deepest part of the sea floor in Porat. That’s all I can tell you about the project, for which some conceptual solutions have already been developed, and we know what it will look like,” said Petrina about developing the new tourist attraction.

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Primošten would like to add the panoramic underwater tunnel as yet another tourist attraction after the town successfully implemented the gigantic monument to Our Lady of Loreto on Mount Gaj, where pilgrims and tourists come en masse. Recall, in the spring of 2017, the 17-meter statue of Our Lady of Loreto was constructed on Gaj, as local authorities wanted to lead the boom of religious tourism.

The project started in 2012 at the request of Stipe Petrina. The statue consists of seven rings, and on the top is the eighth – Our Lady’s crown. The first ring shows religious abstraction, the second symbolic representation of the tree of life with the monogram AM (Ave Maria). The third features two hearts, and the fourth the birth of Jesus. The fifth ring features irregular geometric shapes, while the sixth displays roses and olives. On the seventh is Our Lady’s head and Jesus, and the eighth is the crown.

Within the tunnel, they intend to build both catering and other facilities at the entrance and exit, for which a total of about one and a half million euro will be invested.

“The idea was to build a pedestrian bridge in the area of the Porat harbor, but this would make the maritime traffic underneath it more difficult. We concluded then that it is best to build a tunnel that will be deep enough under the sea so that the biggest ships can be driven above it, and the price of the tunnel construction will be roughly the same as if we were to build a bridge,” says Petrina.

In parallel with the construction of the tunnel, the municipality intends to upgrade the whole area of Porat soon, where they envision even more tourism content. 

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