Old town

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Seaview at Kolovare beach
Opening times for churches and museum's are not accurate in the guide book as we found out. Most places open in the morning then close for lunch and reopen again in the afternoon. Start early if you want to see all the sites in one day. We started at St Mary's church, we wanted to see the Gold and Silver exhibition. The museum houses original artefacts that date from the 13th century through to the 16th century. The Church consists of two floors and are run by the Benedictine nuns, 20Kn to enter. The pieces didn't look like bling bling pieces of solid gold, they were more delicate and the colour was more rustic and antique looking. This place was peaceful and a little eerie as the lights were dimmed quite dark. The place is not overrun by tourists so it wouldn't be unusual to walk the whole exhibition undisturbed, except of course the nun that occasionally follows you around.
St Mary's Church


St Simeon's Church, this place is still used for worship so when you enter you have to be mindful of being quiet and respectful. No photos are allowed and appropriate dress is required i.e. no swimwear. Upon arrival there were about 4 people in there. Two women in the front row looked like they were knitting and chatting quietly. One lady praying at the alter and embracing the casket, which is said to contain the mummified body of the patron saint and a man that looked like he had just finished and was paying his respects before leaving. The casket looked very small up on the alter, it is golden in colour and is held high on the platform. I didn't want to disturb the lady embracing the casket so I didn't approach it. We sat silently and observed for about 15-20 mins.
St Donat's Church


The forum, behind St Donat's church, Historical Roman ruins, containing the alter where the faces of the Roman Gods are engraved. History tells us that the floors are slightly sloped so that when animals were sacrificed here the blood would drain into the gutter. A tall column with metal rods that protrude from it is known as the column of shame. This is where people were tied up for the public to see them, with a plaque hanging from their neck describing their shameful acts.

Square of Five wells (Trg 5 Bunara). A row of 5 wells line a deserted platform. These wells are covered now but I guess these wells used to supply the towns people with their supply of water.



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Seaview at Kolovare beach
Seaview at Kolovare beach
St Marys Church
St Mary's Church
St Donats Church
St Donat's Church
Trg 5 Bunara
Trg 5 Bunara
Clock tower, Narodni Trg
Clock tower, Narodni Trg
Column of shame
Column of shame
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photo by: vila