The Cetina region is the area in central Dalmatia, more precisely of its northern part, located beside the river Cetina, by which this region is named. This is the area of rich history and unspoiled nature. It is surrounded by mountains, Dinar on the north, Kamešnicaon the east, with Svilaja, Visočica, and Visoka on the west. The distance from the Adriatic sea and the largest dalmatian town of Split is only 20 kilometers.
The Cetina is a river located in the county of Split-Dalmatia. It is 105 km long and it flows into the Adriatic sea near the town of Omiš. The spring of Cetina is in the mountain Dinara, on 385 meters above the sea level, on the northwestern slopes. There are more springs, and the main is Jezero with the dept of 100m and more. There are much smaller rivers that are flowing into Cetina like Rumin, Kosinac, Grab and Vojskova. In this area, there are 360 spring. Along with the Krka and Zrmanja, Cetina is the largest Croatian coastal river nad its stream is covering numerous breathtaking landscapes.
The name Cetina was probably given by the native Croats after the river Cetyna in Poland, from where they immigrated to these areas in the 7th century.
The area of Cetina is also a place of rich history.
Did you know the fact that the first football games in the world were played on the territory of present-day Dalmatia, more precisely in the area of Cetina? Long ago, in the 1st century BC, young warriors of the Ilyrian tribe Delmati, ( native people form which the Dalmatia got the name) were, to pass the time, throwing to each other a ball made of leather or bulls hair. This was the case until the Romans arrived in the area, and Delmati were courageously resisting but they couldn’t resist the most powerful military force in the history of mankind. But the Romans couldn’t resist the fun playing with the leather ball so the legionnaires of VII. Roman Legion started to dribble each other rather than sharpen their weapons and gear, or to engage in social activity for the benefit of the empire.
In that time the Roman empire was covering many parts of the world, so it didn’t take long for them to get abroad with this game of football. Football activity extended on the Greek island of Samatrik, and then also in the rest of the world. Even it came in jealous England, which makes itself known to be a cradle of football. In memory of these events, there is an event called “Kolijevka nogometa” (what means cradle of football), a football match that is played by “Delmati” and “Romans”, which attracts many of tourists.
In the Cetina area, there is a large number of early Christian churches, and the most famous one is the church of Sveti Spas in the village of Cetina. It is undoubtedly, one of the most valuable and most glorious Croatina churches. After all, it is the oldest bell tower in Croatia that is entirely preserved. The church was built in the time of Croatian prince Branimir, in the last quarter od the 9th century.