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Hvar is a famous Croatian island located in the Adriatic Sea just out of the Dalmatian coastline. This island is approximately 68 kilometers long and has a ridge made out of dolomite that runs from east to the west of the island. The hillsides have pine forests, lavender fields and wonderful beaches to make it a wonderful retreat.
These islands also known as Pakleni is found at the south west coast of the Hvar harbor. The name is derived from Paklina, an archaic word which also introduced pakleni which refers to “tar”. This refers to the pine resin that was once used to coat ships were harvested on these islands. There is a well-fortified yacht marina and the biggest island of the cluster is called Sveti Klement.
This is an island off the south coast of Hvar and is situated opposite the settlement of Zavala. The island has two well protected deep bays for shipping and was considered as a general pasturing land or its extensively fertile soil. A Dominican monastery was founded along with a hospice for sailors, today an old stone quarry also stands with a few restaurants and tourist facilities in the Mostir and Nastane settlements.
This is an uninhabited island off the coast of Hvar and is the biggest island with an area of 5.8km2 .The coastal part is barren and rocky while the interiors have dense foliage of marquis shrubs. There is also a yacht marina that is operated from March to October.
This cathedral is the most marvelous building in Hvar standing tall on the eastern side of the city. The cathedral portrays Baroque architecture mixed with Dalmatian influences. The interior is decorated with Renaissance paintings.
This towering structure is Hvar’s most historically significant building. Built out of Spanish influences, this fort saved the people of the city when the Turkish fleets attacked. Today it offers a panoramic view of the city with remnants of the ancient fort reminiscing the glory.
This is a 15th century monastery with the elegant and eloquent bell tower being built in the 16th century. The monastery contains a museum consisting of ancient coins, nautical charts and valuable documents. The two most striking feature of this monastery is Matteo Ingoli’s The Last Supper and a 500 year old Cyprus tree in the cloister garden.
Hvar Town Square
This is a rectangular square which dates back to the 13th century and is Dalmatia’s oldest square. The square spans over an area of 4500 square meters. There is a well towards the north of the square which was built in 1520 and a wrought iron grill dating back to the 1780s.
Hvar Public Theatre
This theatre was built in 1612 and is Europe’s first public theatre. The golden interiors, rich velvet seats and the semi-circle stage is a clear indication of the neo-baroque architectural concepts. This has served as a meeting place for Hvar’s citizens for almost 400 years.
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