is a small village located 9 km north of Knin
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, in the continental part of Šibenik-Knin County
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, in inland Dalmatia
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. it is situated along the Krka
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The Golubić Hydroelectric Power Plant
Golubić Hydroelectric Power Plant is a hydroelectric power plant on river Butiznica located in Šibenik-Knin county, in central Dalmatia, Croatia....
exists at the Butižnica river.
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dating to the beginning of the 7th century have been found, as well as an early Croat
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graveyard and the fragments of church furniture dating to the 9th or 10th century, near the St. Stephen Orthodox church. The Serbian Orthodox Church
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of St. Stephen (Св. Архиђакона Стефана, Sv. Arhiđakona Stefana) was built in 1462. In 1692, it served as the seat of the Dalmatian episcope Vasilije I. In 1774, known Serbian philosopher Dositej Obradović
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came to teach in the village.
During the War in Croatia, the Republic of Serbian Krajina
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had jurisdiction here. During Operation Storm
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, some 34 Serb residents were killed. After the fall of Serbian Krajina, most Serbs left the village, and Bosnian Croats settled here. A monument was built outside the church commemorating the Serb victims. On October 2, 2011, the Croatian government issued a ban on a commemoration gathering, ordering the church to remove the monument as "two thirds of the place that the monument was built on belong to the state and that only one third belongs to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC)." and "the ban has removed danger of bigger incidents and unrest".
- 1961 census, total 2243 people.
- 1971 census, total 1885 people.
- 1981 census, total 1617 people.
- 1991 census, total 1424 people:
- 1389 Serbs
- 17 Croats
- 1 Yugoslav
- 1 Muslim
- 16 others.