Nicola Tesla.


Tesla was born in what is now Croatia on a summer night in 1856, during what he claimed was a lightning storm – which led the midwife to say, “He will be a child of the storm,” and his mother to counter prophetically, “No, of the light.”

that is how his life started and his mother certainly set the scene  

 

 

 he is credited with inventing AC electric current. 

he is credited with inventing AC electric current. 

 his birthplace is in Smiljan, Croatia. His family home on left and the Orthodox church where his father was the  priest

his birthplace is in Smiljan, Croatia. His family home on left and the Orthodox church where his father was the  priest

 the man! 

the man! 

 in a memorial park in Smiljan, Croatia 

in a memorial park in Smiljan, Croatia 

 the site of his original turbine 

the site of his original turbine 

 what remains of his original turbine in Krka National Park. 

what remains of his original turbine in Krka National Park. 

The ruins of the former Krka hydroelectric plan are found at Skradinski buk, in the very centre of Krka National Park.

It was constructed and began operations in 1895, just two days after Tesla’s hydroelectric plant on Niagara Falls became operational. At the same time, 11 km of power lines to transmit electricity and a city lighting network were built, the first complete electricity system in Croatia. Thanks to Šibenik Mayor Ante Šupuk and engineer Vjekoslav Meischner, Šibenik had electrical lighting before many European cities, including Vienna, Budapest, Rome, London and others. Ten years later, Ante Šupuk built a second hydroelectric plant, Jaruga, just a hundred metres downstream from the first. Following the installation of additional turbines in 1936, the plant is still in function today.

Due to the historical significance, the Krka hydroelectric plant is protected as a monument of industrial architecture. Restoration works are currently in place, aimed at conservation and presentation of the plant.

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