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(1) Sv Nicolas, Fortified Benedictine Monastery


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From the centre of the harbour follow the narrow road up hill past the Kavana Hum (cafe - (3)). Winding up through the residential streets of the old town the road eventually reaches the edge of the town where it joins (at a T-junction) the main modern road into town. Here cross over and follow the narrow road up the hill towards the monastery - visible ahead of you on a low knoll surrounded by vinyards and olive groves.


At the church you will see the current graveyard to the left as you approach. On our visit the church was closed, but beyond the entrance there is a terrace that circles the whole structure. On the south and the east sides the fortification has been lost where fields and the road have encroached on the site. Left behind are large towering faces of internal buildings that show many signs of alteration - with numerous blocked doors and windows clearly visible, as well as a number of defensive openings. On the north side three pointed (or diamond) bastions still survive, providing a formidable sense of the power of the defenses of this Monastery when it was fortified during the 17th century. Such defensive  structures are typical of that century, but are generally not seen on religious establishments. However in the Dalmatian islands there are other examples - not least the Chruch of Sv. Marija at Vrboska on Hvar, where 15th century defenses were augmented with a similar diamond bastion during the late 16th century.


Sv. Nicolas is the focus of a festival on the 6th of December each year when the populace of Komiza drag an old boat up to the church and set it alight, nominally to honour Sv. Nikola (after whom the church is dedicated), but this surely is a local pre-christian ritual that has been later adopted by the church to keep the support of the local people.



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(2) Kastel (16th Century Tower) and Fishing Museum





Situated on the harbour front right at the southern end of the breakwater you cannot miss this 16th Century tower, a defense presumably of Venetian origin built to defend the habour and town. The Kastel is open daily for visitors and is the site of the Fishing Heritage Museum celebrating the fishing heritage of Komiza. The museum includes a replica of the traditional deep sea fishing boat - the lateen rigged Falkusa.

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(3) Cafe Kavana Hum





Located next to the Kastel (2) on the harbour front, this wonderful deco building -  the Kavana Hum -  is still a working bar and Pizzeria. The building is very fine and would not look out of place in the Caribbean, say in Havana, surrounded as it is in its state of gentle decay, by palm trees. It is definitely worth more than just a passing glance




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(4) Palaca Zantova





Walking around the harbour and past the waterfront cafes you will eventually reach a point where the road leaves the harbour-front and winds its way between the buildings as it heads to the north-east. In the little square where the road and the harbour separate are the fine, but decaying, edifice of the Venetian palace (a ducal mansion) of Zantova. This building, dating to the mid or late 16th Century can be identified by the prominent statue of the Virgin and Child, placed in a recess high on the main elevation. As far as can be ascertained the building is not open to visitors.



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(5) Gospa Gusarica

The ‘Church of our Lady of the Pirates’ is found at the north end of the bay, in a small clearing in the woods on the far side of the Hotel Bisevo. The church is named for a picture of the Virgin that is said to have been stolen by pirates but later returned to Komiza by the tide when the pirate’s ship was wrecked. The church has an octagonal well adorned with reliefs of Sv Nikola (St Nicholas) the patron saint of fishermen and Komiza.


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(6) Beaches

Situated to the west of the harbour (and Kastel (2)) are several pebble beaches and swimming areas. These are a short walk (less than 5 minutes) from the harbour and the main mooring areas, are generally clean, though not entirely cleared of urchins.



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