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Cultural attractions on the island of Hvar

The fortress in town of Hvar

The fortress in Hvar town, settled on a mountain over the old town was constructed at the start of the 16th century (during the Venice supremacy). In 16th century it was recovered after explosion of powder-chamber. Its final look came after numerous restorations. During the course of French supremacy some extra reinforcement structure was built. The garrisons and monitoring post were constructed during the course of Austrian supremacy. It holds a popular compilation of amphorae and various other items from the ancient periods and the Middle Ages. From the citadel toward the city square lead the town wall structures, developed in the Middle Ages. This fort predominates over the town.

Cultural attractions on the island of Hvar

Church fort of St. Mary, Vrboska

Among the most important masterpieces of the island of Hvar is certainly the Church-fortress in Vrboska built in 16th century, soon after the Turkish strike on the place of an older church that originated in 1465. It belongs to the most popular attractions on the island of Hvar and a curiosity in Dalmatia, positioned on a slight rise in the heart of the city.

Church and Square of St. John, Jelsa

In the truly heart of Jelsa, not a long way from the Main Square there is a stunning renaissance-baroque plaza of St. John with a little baroque church. All around the plaza there are natural stone residences with attractive terraces that were constructed as long ago as the 16th century.

The Hektorovic Palace

The Hektorovic Palace in Hvar town belongs to the greatest late Gothic homes. The building of the Palace began in 15th century and was never finished.

Tvrdalj, Stari Grad

Tvrdalj was developed as a fortress for protection from the Turks by the popular lyrist from Hvar Petar Hektorović. It was built by filling up the sea and you can get in it only over a bascule bridge. In the heart of Tvrdalj, Hektorovic constructed and built a Romanic park with a fishpond. Tvrdalj has many stone engravings, but the one stating 'Omnium Conditori' is the most important one, considering that with it, Hektorović devoted his Tvrdalj to God, the Creator of everything.

Square & Cathedral of St. Stephan

The Cathedral of St. Stephan in Hvar town is located on the far eastern part of the main square. It was constructed on the location of an early 6th century church. Current look the Cathedral gained in the 16th and 17th century. The renaissance bell-tower of the Cathedral and Hvar's other bell towers are believed to be the prettiest ones in Croatia. Hvar's Cathedral keeps lots of important objects and art works of well-known artists like Stefano Celesti, Palma Junior and the Spanish artist Juan Boschettus, however the most popular piece of art is certainly Madonna, an example of the proto-Venetian art and one of the oldest in Dalmatia dating back in 13th century.

Grapceva cave in Humac

Grapceva cave in Humac, close to Jelsa was the cultish location of a Neolithic Islander (5000 - 4000 years BC). The cave contains a tiny hall and a bigger one encircled by hallways and chambers. There is only a foot way to this cavern from the small town of Humac. Typically, entrance to cave is closed, and tour is only permitted with guide.

Franciscan abbey in the town of Hvar

A simple walk from Hvar's main plaza, by the sea and the beachfront quickly takes you to the Franciscan abbey. Inside the calmness and tranquillity of the abbey walls, you can take pleasure in a great display of museum exhibits (compilations of Greek, Roman and Venetian coins, liturgical objects, unique exhibits of amphora, atlas of the ancient surveyor Ptolemaeus, etc.), in addition to piece of arts of Venetian painters like Francesco Santacroce and Palma Junior. The abbey is well known for its spectacular art work of the "Last Supper" that leaves everyone open-mouthed. Several reviewers think it is the work of an artist from Ravenna Matteo Ingoli, while many others assume that the art work is connected with the institution of Palma Junior. Another curiosity that makes the abbey well-known is the 300-year old cypress that is situated in the backyard of the abbey.

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