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

Despite the fact that the island reached its heyday in the middle ages, archaeological findings show that it was inhabited in the ancient times. All of the main amazing buildings are located in Pag Town and Novalja, the largest settlements of the island. Almost all of them are dated back to the 13th-16th centuries. That’s not surprising because Béla IV of Hungary made Pag a free royal territory in the 13th century and the island thrived for 2 years. Later there was a battle for leadership between Croatia and Venice, and a few centuries later the island was under the protectorate of Austria. Then Pag became a part of Yugoslavia, and only after its collapse Pag became a part of sovereign Croatia.
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Many of the landmarks can be found in Pag Town, the capital of the island. It is remarkable that the local government started to build a «new» Pag in the 15th century in order to protect the settlement from the pirate raids. It was located not far from old Pag. Giorgio da Sebenico, a famous Croatian architect started to project the new fortified settlement. Despite the constant threat from the sea, the inhabitants of the island managed to save a lot of ancient buildings. In the old part of Pag, you can see a well-preserved Romanesque Church of the Assumption, built in 1192 and the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery built in 1318. A beautiful legend is connected with the monastery. It is believed that the water appeared in the reservoir of the monastery during a draught.
You can see the ruins of Kula Skrivanat (Skrivanat Tower) in the northern part of «new» Pag. It is the only remained tower which protected the town. During its building in the 15th century, the tower located just 50 metres from the seacoast. A great variety of workshops and events for tourists takes place here in summer. The Church of Saint Francis is located near the eastern gates and the Church of Saint George is located near the northern gates. The second one was thoroughly rebuilt in the 16th century. The church still functions and it is also used as an exhibition space. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
One of the most popular souvenirs you can bring from Pag is Morcic jewellery. Brooches, keychains, pendants and earrings in the shape of the Arabian head appeared in Croatia many centuries … Open
The Church of Saint Mary and the princely court are located on the central square of the town. The Princely Court was a residency of a local executive who was assigned by the Venetians in the 15th century. Nowadays various exhibitions, plays, festivals and concerts are held in this two-storey building. You can visit the old part of the town and admire one of the first European sun clocks here. A marble cross is one more local attraction, it is located not far from the town at the place where the island is crossed by the 15th parallel.
Novalja is famous all over the world because of Zrce Beach. It is very popular among young people who love dance music. However, the town itself has a rich history and many ancient landmarks. You can see a ruined wall, late antique acropolis and early Christian Church of the Holy Cross. Be sure to visit the Museum of the Town of Novalja. It is located in the second largest town on Pag, Novalja. There are different clothes, household items, weapons and armour found on Pag at different times. Moreover, there are Roman, Croatian, Venetian and Austrian artefacts. A large part of the collection is dedicated to World War II.
Island of Pag is the one of the most famous resorts of Croatia; it’s extremely popular among both local citizens and foreign tourists. Local cheese and crafty laces hand made by local … Open
The most interesting attraction in Novalja is a Roman aqueduct. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of the Roman Empire. The tunnel is carved out of solid rock and its length is 1042 meters. It is a complex buildings constructed by Roman engineers. Archaeologists found the mark of the Roman workshop « Afaesonia» on the bricks. Several attempts were made in 19th and 20th centuries in order to continue the building of the aqueduct, but they were not successful. Nowadays the aqueduct is under the exploration of the scientists.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Pag Island and surroundings

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Cathedrals and basilicas near Pag Island
♥   Katedrala sv. Stošije (Anastazije), Zadar, 50.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije, Senj, 52.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije, Krk, 63.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Crkva sv. Filipa i Jakova, Novi Vinodolski, 69 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Iconic cultural sights of Croatia

A lot of discoveries await at the Istrian peninsula, which is one of the most popular resorts. A huge number of monuments of architecture is located in the largest city of the peninsula, Pula. The city was founded by ancient Romans. An amphitheater that was built 2 thousand years ago, has perfectly survived there. It still hosts major events and concerts. In Porec, it is worth to visit the Euphrasian basilica, built in the 6th century, and the ancient Roman temple of Neptune. Otherwise, tourists may just stroll through the streets of the downtown. The old part of Rovinj that is rich in monuments of Romanesque style, is worth a look too. The city museum is set in a beautiful building in the Baroque style. An amazing exhibition is represented at the premises of the Franciscan Monastery. One of the most recognizable cities in Croatia is Dubrovnik, which is known for the old part of the city located on the steep shore of the Adriatic Sea. The central part for walks is Stradun Street, which is lined with limestone. There are numerous shops and sights on it. It is worth to visit the Princely Palace, built in the 15th century. The mansion is designed in a mixed Gothic and Renaissance style; the building has very impressive bas-reliefs. Another monumental structure of the old part of Dubrovnik is the Franciscan monastery of the 14th century, which has a rich courtyard. Next to it, there is the Great Fountain of Onofrio, which was a part of the water supply in the old city. Dubrovnik has numerous amazing museums. One of them is Rupe Ethnographic Museum, located in the building of a huge granary. … Open
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Pag Island

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