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Culture of Cres. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The first settlements appeared on the island in ancient times. The island was under the reign of the Byzantine Empire in the 16th century. There is still some evidence of those times. The fortifications in the capital of the island perfectly illustrate the Italian influence on the history of Cres. There are still remains of the city wall built in the 17th century and city gates with bas-reliefs in the shape of lions. The oldest part of Cres is located behind the gates. You can visit it and admire the tower clock which has been standing in their place for several centuries. One more attraction is Saint Isidore Church which was built in the 12th century. The bell of the church is dated back to the 14th century and it is considered to be one of the oldest on the island. There are also Dominican and Franciscan monasteries on Cres.
The choice of hotels on the island Cres is really great. Comfortable apartments for habitation with children and for long-term stays are widely spread here. One of the most upscale hotels is … Open
Be sure to visit Petrić Palace which was built in the 15th century. It is not only a beautiful ancient building but it is also the Town Museum. Its exposition is dedicated to the history of the island from the first settlers to our days. The museum has a large collection of various artefacts such as Ancient Greek amphorae, weapons, armour and household items of 19th and 20th centuries. A large part of the exhibits relates to the history of the Croatian ethnic group formation. The Lapidarium Museum also deserves your attention. Its exhibition includes written monuments, slabs and boulders with Glagolitic inscriptions which were found in the capital. However, the construction of the museum is interesting too. It was the residence of the town council for several centuries.
There is also a lot of stone «books» outside Cres Town. Valun village is well known for the Valun tablet which is one of the oldest Croatian Glagolitic inscriptions. The inscriptions are made in Latin and ancient Croatian languages. They are dated back to the 11th century. The huge rock with the inscriptions is walled into the Paris Church of Saint Mary. There is also a local museum dedicated to local agriculture and handicraft. Moreover, a small Church of Saint Mark is located here. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
You can bring a truly Croatian souvenir from Cres which is called Morcic jewellery. It has a shape of the Arab’s head in a turban. In ancient times, Morcic jewellery was made of burnt … Open
A Church of Saint Anthony is located in Lubenice. It was built in the 15th century and its construction deserves your attention. However, if you are not interested in medieval history, you should definitely visit the village. It was built more than 5 centuries ago. Its population is about 20 people and you can easily enjoy the atmosphere of this ancient and almost empty place. There are also located the chapel of Saint Dominic, the chapel of Saint Stephen and the Church of Saint Jacob.
One of the oldest settlements on the island is Beli. It a small village located on the hill. There are ruins of ancient baths and a bridge. The second one is a unique construction in this part of Croatia. One of the main attractions in Beli is an Early Roman church built on the ruins of an ancient building. Be sure to visit the Church of Saint Mary with a small museum and an ancient stable from prehistoric times. The village itself has several houses built in gothic style.
Cres is Croatia's second largest island, which is known as a major center of ecotourism and a location of incredibly beautiful beach resorts. The beautiful island managed to preserve its … Open
Osor is a village and a port on Cres. Despite its small size, the settlement has a rich history. There are several sculptures of famous Croats such as Ivan Meštrović. Don’t miss a chance to visit the central square and admire the castle of a bishop which is dated back to the 15th century. Some of the ancient historical attractions are located near Lake Vrana. People settled here several thousand years ago. The legend says that there were two rich sisters. One of them was jealous and she wanted to own all the possessions which located at the place of the lake. But she was punished for her cruelty. A severe earthquake and a flood destroyed the castle. Local inhabitants say that there is still a castle on the bottom of the lake and you can hear the sound of a bell from the bottom.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Cres
♥   Katedrala Sv. Vida, Rijeka, 40.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije, Senj, 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazilika Blažene Djevice Marije na Trsatu, Rijeka, 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije, Pula, 43.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Stolna cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja, Koper, 82.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Giusto Martire, Trieste, 89.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Iconic cultural sights of Croatia

Croatia is not only a fashionable resort for beach holidays. There are various museums and monuments, ancient castles and fortresses in the country. Most of the museums are located in the capital city, Zagreb. One of the largest and most interesting is the Mimara Art Museum with a collection of world-class art. The museum features works by famous artists Van Goyen, Velasquez, Goya, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Delacroix, Lebrun, and Lorren. In the Modern Gallery in Zagreb, visitors will be able to visit exhibitions that feature more than 10 thousand works of 19-20 centuries, mainly by Balkan artists. There are about 400 artifacts in the archaeological museum, among which the world's only flax book of the ancient world can be seen. In an unusual museum of broken hearts, tourists will be able to see an exhibition of objects that once belonged to separated couples. … Open
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Cres

Culture guide to Cres. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Cres: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Cres. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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