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Legend of a sad father and a cruel dragon: Bogočin town

The legend says that the ruler of the town of Bogočin, duke Bogoje, lost his son and his ill-fated daughter-in-law on their wedding day, as a terrible dragon flew from the scarps, grabbed bride Miljeva and dived into a lake with her… (Bogočin town, Šibenik-Knin County)

At that time, the scarps leaning over Krka were adorned with two towers (which are still there to this day) – Nečven and Trošenj – preserving a sad secret. The legend says that the ruler of the town of Bogočin, duke Bogoje, lost his son and his ill-fated daughter-in-law on their wedding day, as a terrible dragon flew from the scarps, grabbed bride Miljeva and dived into a lake with her. Trying to rescue her, the son drowned in the lake. The unfortunate father, driven by his sadness, imprisoned two village girls in the two towers and they wept in memory of the lost son. He also had a bridge raised on the Roški waterfall which the travelers could only cross if they paid an unusual price – two tears.

Since that time, the town of Bogočin has been known as the Town of Fairies, the area between the river of Krka and the river of Čikola as Miljevci – named after the girl, Miljeva – and the river of Poljšica has been known as Čikola – named after the mother of Miljeva, Čika.

In cooperation with:

– NP Krka

– ŠUM Association

– Stjepan Gundić (Stipe), a tourist guide

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