Multinational influence over the past left its mark on the Croatian culture respectively. In the northern mainland regions, Austrian and Hungarian styles in both architecture and art were assimilated with the native Croatian culture. Moving to the south inland, one can feel the middle eastern infulence the Ottoman empire left behind, after centuries of war, trying to break into Europe.
Being a part of the Roman empire for centuries, Dalmatia’s art and culture are much alike Italian. Most of the costal towns were built on the former Roman fortresses, many of which are protected by UNESCO as historic monuments. The influence of Rome can be heard in the talk of the locals, who frequently use italian words in their conversations.
Croatia is proud for having even seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with the most famous being Old City of Dubrovnik, a favorite destination of the world's elite.