Church of Sv Marija: Vrboska
Monday, 27 July 2009
Though primarily constructed during the 15th Century, at a time when much of the Dalmatian coast was threatened by the activities of Turkish corsairs (pirates) the Church of Sv Marija (St Mary), Vrboska, on Otok Hvar, is an excellent if unusual example of a fortified church. Designed as a retreat for the town’s folk, its walls tower high above the square in which it sits, and its roof offers excellent views across the northern shore of Hvar. The large bastion that dominates its western end of the church was a later addition being added in the 1580s.
Images include details of the defences, the accessible areas of the roof, the bells and the clock mechanism. Also a view of the inside of the 1580 bastion (not open to the public) and the Nave.
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