Upon order from Sibenik authorities, the residents began construction of Gradina in 1509, at the time of the Turkish threat. When Rakitnica was seized in 1571, Turks inhabited Gradina, setting up camp there with their huge army. Turks were a threat to all surrounding places from this mighty stronghold. It was only after the definite collapse of Turkish Empire in late 17th century that Turks retreated from Rakitnica.
Even though Gradina has not been maintained, it is still a unique mountaineering experience to climb up there, sit on the walls and observe the endless landscape. Here, you really have the world in the palm of your hand.