What to visit
You can spend your leisure time while in city of Hvar by visiting sites in the town and its surroundings. Tour agencies offer such programmes but here we give you several advices for the enjoyment of our City and its surroundings.
Fortica (Španjola) fortress was built above old city in the mid 16th century. Its architecture and military history will thrill you as much as the view of the city of Hvar and surrounding islands.
Hvar’s cathedral, together with Bishop’s palace, encloses the east side of the biggest square in Dalmatia - Hvar’s Pjaca (St. Stephen’s sq.). The cathedral is dedicated to St. Stephen, the Pope and martyr, patron of dioceses and city of Hvar. Hvar’s cathedral is also the parish centre.
Hvar’s theatre (and Arsenal) is one of the first municipal theatres in Europe. It was founded in 1612. Erected on the ancient Arsenal (a space used for repairing of galleons, and a storage of various seafaring tools). The theatre’s exterior is mostly preserved in its original form. The interior architectonics is from the 19th century.
The Franciscan monastery was founded in 1461. Within the calm and silence of the monastery you can enjoy in monastery’s rich museum, among which the collection of old masters is exceptional.
Hvar Benedictine convent dares from 1664. That year two nuns of the order came to Hvar from the island of Pag with a task to begin the convent practice in this area. Since 1534 the Commune of Hvar, encouraged by some of its resident donators has pleaded for the establishment of a convent in this region. Along with spiritual character being its major task carried out for many centuries of its existence in this area, the convent has become world known due to agava lace. As tradition has it the skill of lace making has been passing on from generation to generation within the convent for 100-130 years.
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