The surroundings of Skradin have been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The ancient Scardona was an Ilyrian settlement. It was capital of Liburnia, then capital of the Roman Province of Liburnia. During the 10th century, it was one of the fortified towns in Croatia, as the center of the Skradin county. In the late 13th and early 14th centuries, Skradin flourished as the capital of the Šubić bans The Šubić's built the Turina fortress on the hill overlooking the Skradin harbor. They elevated the settlement below the fortress to a free city, at wich point it also become a commune, with its own statute and administration.