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

Rab The island of Rab was settled by the Illyrians in the 4th century BC. Later, the Romans built a fortified port here and called this place Felix Arba, or "happy". Rab belonged to Byzantium, the Hungarian-Croatian principality, the Venetian Republic. When the latter one fell, it became a part of Italy and only after the First World War it turned out to be a part of Yugoslavia. Although, it was later reoccupied by the Italian army again until the end of World War II. A pretty rich history, isn't it? However, it often seems that Rab took a bit of cultural and historical heritage from each of the civilizations that owned it.
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The most interesting place on the island for those, who like history, is the city of Rab itself. Built more than two thousand years ago and rebuilt in the late Middle Ages according to the drawings of the famous architect of the time, Juraj Dalmatinac, it has not changed much since then. Quite narrow streets, interlocking with each other at various angles, ancient small houses, surrounded by greenery, paved pavements – all this seems to be frozen in time, keeping the spirit of the past. One of the most spectacular buildings of Rab is considered to be the Cathedral of St. Anthony, built in 1175, where several important church relics are still kept.
Be sure to find the main square of Rab. There you will find the Prince's Palace, built in the 13th century. Subsequently, elements of the Gothic and Renaissance style were added to the palace, but the major part of the old building remained unchanged. However, there are many palaces here, as there are Dominis, Krnota, and Galcigna, built in the Venetian style. The latter is located very close to the Prince’s Palace. The fragments of the city walls, whose construction began in the 12th century, have remained till the present day and are fairly well preserved. Copyright
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Four Romanesque bell towers, which can be seen in the historical part of the city, are also well preserved. Be sure to spend at least a couple of hours studying the Church of St. Justine. This is a rather beautiful and rather old building, which is a good example of 13th-17th- centuries architecture. The 13th-century Church of St. Mary, which has remained till our days almost unchanged, is also interesting.
The fragments of a Benedictine monastery, built around the 11th-century, have survived to this day. Unfortunately, the building itself did not survive the test of time and now only ruins remained of it. Nevertheless, the monastery bell tower of St. John the Evangelist, built in the 12th-century, was restored in 1933 and is now available for viewing by all visitors. It is also worth looking at the small but surprisingly beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit. Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony, a wonderful example of medieval architecture, has also reached our days.
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In addition to exploring the capital of the island, you can visit the village of Lopar in its northern part. According to the medieval chronicles, this is where Marin, the founder of the modern dwarf state of San Marino, came from. Here, by the way, you can see the 15th-century Church of St. Mary. The village Supetarska Draga also worth visiting. The settlement is famous as the place where the oldest bell of the Adriatic, which was cast in 1059, is located. In general, the island of Rab is ideal for those, who want to feel the very "spirit of the time" and dive into the Middle Ages, wandering through the streets of the local settlements, rather than looking at the exhibits in the museums.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Rab Island
♥   Crkva sv. Filipa i Jakova, Novi Vinodolski, 40.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Navještenja Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospić, 55.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Sv. Vida, Rijeka, 66.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazilika Blažene Djevice Marije na Trsatu, Rijeka, 66.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala sv. Anselma, Nin, 68 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala sv. Stošije (Anastazije), Zadar, 81.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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The archaeological museum in Zadar is one of the largest in Dalmatia. Its exposition consists of three parts. The ground floor of the building features collections of the Middle Ages; the second has a collection of the times of the Roman Empire, and the third displays art of prehistoric times. The collection of the Roman Empire embraces weapons of the Roman army, household items, and statues. Another cultural center of the country is the city of Rijeka. It contains a large number of historical attractions, such as the leaning tower of the Venetian building, the Capuchin Church, the Modello Palace, and the old Roman gate. Tourists will find it interesting to visit the Pomor Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. … Open
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