Part of the central Dalmatian archipelago, Hvar is the longest island in Croatia, known for its lavender fields, hillside vineyards, and delicious delicacies from the Adriatic Sea. In between wandering the ancient marble streets, exploring the beaches and discovering the hidden underwater caves, you can try one of Hvar’s many fine restaurants.
Its name derives from the Greek name for island and town, that stood where today Stari Grad (Hvar became the island’s center in the 13th century) stands - Pharos.
Hvar gained glory and power during middle ages being an important port within the Venetian, naval empire. Today, it is the center of island’s tourism and one of the favorite destinations in Dalmatian Riviera - a town of smiling and courteous people, who are almost only dedicated to tourism.
Franciscan Monastery Hvar
The church dedicated to the Virgin Mary is from the 15th century as a single-nave Gothic structure in place of the small Chapel of the Holy Cross. Croatian nobles and ship captains who came to Hvar financed it with donations. Once completed, it became the church of the sailors, as indicated by many inscriptions by Venetian naval commanders in and around the church. The relief of the Madonna and Child in the window of the main portal is the work of Niccolo Fiorentino.
The north aisle of the church with the Renaissance Chapel of the Holy Cross is from 1536. Inside the church are 16th century altars, a Renaissance sanctuary by Venetian masters, also dating back to the 16th century, as well as the grave of the Croatian poet Hanibal Lucić. A larger than life painting of the Last Supper, a work by Matej Ponzoni, hangs in the refectory. The monastery also includes a library, a museum collection, and a centuries-old cypress.
The Arsenal Hvar
The most important public building of Hvar emerged after 1292. Venice ordered it. The Arsenal must have been completed by 1331 when it was first mentioned in the Statute of Hvar as a finished building serving as a shipyard for galleys. The first building of the 13th century became dilapidated over time and a new one replaced it in the 16th century. This building did not last long. The Turks burned it down in 1571.
The Arsenal received its present look in 1611 when it was restored and expanded during the reign of Prince Pietro Semitecolo. The "Fontik", a hay store, was added to the north side of the Arsenal in 1612. The Belvedere, a terrace above the Fontik, led to the theater. In the 19th century the façade was partly changed and received its present appearance.
Cathedral of St. Stephen
Dominating Hvar's harbor-side main square, Trg svetog Stjepana, the Renaissance cathedral has a trefoil pediment and a 17th century bell tower standing to one side. The interior houses many works of art: a Virgin and Saints by Palma il Giovane, a Pietà by Juan Boschetus, a Virgin with Saints by Domenico Uberti and a fine 16th century wooden choir.
The cathedral treasury boasts a rich collection of reliquaries and silverware.
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Fortica (Spanjola) in Hvar
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