VISIT HVAR - Island Hvar

Vrboska

VrboskaThe smallest town on the western side of the island is situated narrow channel extending inland from a wide and very well protected bay. Vrboska was inhabited in the 15th century by the local people from Vrbanj. The oldest local houses are placed within the St. Mary church, which is the most outstanding and unique building in Vrboska.It was built on the grounds of a former church dating from the 11th century and fortified in 1575 since the local people were afraid of the possible Turkish attack so that the church represents a bastion fort. The oldest houses dating from the 15th century are of Gothic style and some of them still show traces of devastation fire - reminder of the fights during the popular uprising (1510-1514) and of Turkish naval attack on the island in 1571. While in Vrboska one should also visit the chapel of St. Peter on the waterfront first mentioned in Codex of laws 1331. This document declared the borders of the inhabited localities: Vrbanj and Pitve. In that period Vrboska and Jelsa didn't exist.


Vrboska
Vrboska - St. Mary church

Vrboska can be divided into two parts: Pjaca (eastern part) and Padva (western part). The narrow streets around Pjaca, the lovely pine-wood and general impression of protection and security lend Vrboska a peculiar charm of its own. The churches of Vrboska house the greatest cultural treasures of the island of Hvar. On the main altar of the church of St. Laurence stands a beautiful polyptych probably made by Paolo Veronese which represents the figures of St. Laurence, St John the Baptist and St. Nicholas, the silver golden Crucifix from the 17th century by Tiziano Aspetti, Three saints, The Christmas Eve and St. Anthony by Celestin Medovic. As far as the sculptures are concerned the statue of St. Peter, a piece made by a scholar of Nicholas from Florence and two wooden angels by Antonio Pori should be mentioned. Furthermore, the polyptych includes Madonna of rosary by Leonardo Bassani, Burial and Resurrection, the works believed to be made by Giuseppe Albardi.

Vrboska

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