Franciscan Monastery
Franciscan Monastery
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plymouth
Plymouth, Devon 1,417 contributions
On the edge of this chic town, popular with millionaires, is a fifteenth century monastery. As well as being used for small concerts, there is a museum displaying amphorae found in the Adriatic Sea and, very eclectically, a collection of currency over a number of decades!

The building also houses an art gallery comprising both modern and historical works. In another room is the gigantic painting 'The Last Supper' which, on its own, makes the place worth visiting. Outside is an extremely old Cypress tree. All this is set beside the water making it very picturesque.
Written September 17, 2010
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Diane VOC
Silver Spring, MD269 contributions
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Located on the majestic coastal plane just south of Old Town Hvar, the Franciscan Monastery and the monastery Church of Our Lady of Charity is a serene medieval oasis of beauty and tranquility in a lively small community. Dating from 1461, the building is remarkable survival of a much earlier age almost surrounded by the sea, which is held off by the monastery's high stone walls during rough weather. Ringed by the sea, then walls, then a garden, then some additional walls, then working buildings then the church and monastery itself at the center, this complex makes you feel what Croatia may have been like during medieval times. A small but choice art and history museum with some lovely pieces stands inside the monastery, which is also used as a local concert venue during the evenings. We attended two concerts (local Klapa music performers and a famous classical guitarist) in the refectory under the Mannerist painting of the last Supper. There is no more lovely concert venue.

Walk the grounds of this monastery, which are beautiful and serene beyond belief, scented as they are by the perfume of the immense and ancient pine trees and the flowering monastery garden with the sea at their front. Look at the huge stone tables with the runes of primitive board games for the entertainment of the monks etched into their tops. The smell and song of the sea, the wind swooping through the huge pines, the heavy sun light, and the smell of blossoming floors, trees, and bushes is everywhere.

Ask for permission to enter the church, which is spectacular. This is a magical space with dragons on the wall, saints everywhere, and some astonishing carved choirs, particularly in the public church area. Decorated with medieval paintings, sculpture, and carvings, the church has two parts, a section for the public and another for the monks.

Both sides contain some spectacular murals, paintings and sculpture including polytychs by Franciso di Santacroce, as well as paintings by Leandro di Bassano (Christ on the Cross), paintings by Palma il Genovese (St Francis receiving the stigmata and St. Diego) and a painting by Martin Benetovic (six scenes from the Passion of Christ). There is a wonderful relief on the church façade by Nicola Firentinac.

This spot makes you want to live in Hvar due to the beauty, the calm, and the joy it inspires.

Of special interest is the grave of the famous Croatian poet Hanibal Lucic in the church nave. Lucic's home can be toured elsewhere in Hvar (Stari Grad I believe), while his verses are found on walls throughout Croatia.
Written June 3, 2015
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miskoledina
Slovenia45 contributions
I visited the monastery for the first time in 1959, then it was a monastery, not an attraction for digest tourists. It was a most sublime place of heavenly peace. Then the tourists came. Still, in a quiet summer night, you can feel the divine presence.
One of the best places in the Mediterranean, if not Europe. If Hvar had only this place, it would make it a 'must'.
Written December 30, 2010
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andreaat62
Harrow, UK1,360 contributions
Interesting Franciscan monastery. .We quite well preserved and presented. Amazing white cypress tree in grounds. Little museum was a mixture of ancient and modern art.
Lovely little beach underneath. .we were sorry we didn't have our bathing gear that day. It looked very inviting. Crystal clear waters
Good view of island that was once a women's prison..swimming distance away.
Written October 22, 2014
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croanada
Windsor, Canada39 contributions
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Make sure you see the Last Supper painting while visiting Hvar town. This monastery is located at the far end of the riva and is worth a quick visit.
Written September 5, 2011
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Laura E
Leeds, UK1,851 contributions
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We popped to see the little red sign but it wasn't obvious you could go inside as the door was closed and no information on opening times.
Written May 30, 2019
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Mike F
Chelmsford, UK704 contributions
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Only a short walk from the harbour this "working" monastry is interesting to visit and has a marvellous painting of the last supper which you must see
Written September 20, 2018
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PlatinumHoney
Los Angeles, CA2,095 contributions
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Pretty crazy in a place that lives and dies by tourism, but keeper of this place was MIA first day we tried to get in, even after our guide called him and we waited unsuccessfully for his arrival...tried again second day, and, again, had to wait...saw him, after our guide pointed him out, sauntering at a snail's pace to open up the museum...was rather shocked at his cavalier attitude...was it worth it, it was interesting, and certainly so for Hvar. The Last Supper painting in the monks' "dining/social" hall is most interesting, and there are additionally 2 rooms of art, one with traditional and one modern, all OK, nothing to bowl you over. The architecture is interesting (concerts held in interior courtyard which features a well to catch rain) and the building is situated in a lovely spot...the exterior courtyard has a 500-year-old cypress which is pretty amazing. Not heavy lifting to go, but wouldn't wait unduly.
Written July 28, 2014
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catwuk
Jersey, UK15 contributions
We paid to go into the monastery. Unfortunately no guide book available as they’ve become too expensive to print. There are amazing paintings and sculpture and a collection of shipwrecked objects. You can sit in the peaceful garden and relax.
Written June 8, 2019
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
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The Franciscan Monastery is in a beautiful spot, overlooking Hvar harbor; just walk walk south along the waterfront 500m from St. Stephen's Square. Built in 1461, the monastery was jointly financed by local nobles and sea captains in thanks for many lives saved at sea near Hvar. The Church of Our Lady of Grace has a single-nave in Gothic style, built from local limestone; a graceful bell tower was added in the 16th century. Look for a relief of the Madonna and Child by Niccolo Fiorentino above the main door. Hanibal Lucić, a famous Croatian Renaissance playwright and poet, is buried under the main altar. There are several fine paintings, such as the three polyptychs by Francesco da Santacroce (1583). The church contains a Baroque rood-screen, a Crucifixion by Bassano from the early 17C, and the painting of the Stigmata of St Francis by Palma the Younger. On the north aisle is a Renaissance Chapel of the Holy Cross (built in 1536) with a well-done stone rood-screen. The monastery complex has a Renaissance cloister with an elegant arcade surrounding a courtyard with a well. The beamed refectory (dining hall) has been turned into a small museum, dominated by the magnificent painting The Last Supper, painted by Venetian Matteo Ingoli (8m x 2.5m; late 16th century). Other exhibits include Greek, Roman and Venetian coins, liturgical items and lace. The library contains nautical charts and historic documents, the best being an edition of Ptolemy’s Atlas printed in 1524. The former monastery gardens invite rest and contemplation on benches under spreading trees, including a 300-year old cypress tree, the spiritual mood captured by a bronze statue of a kneeling priest. The monastery museum is open (May-Oct) 9am-3pm & 5-7pm Mon-Sat; (Nov-Apr), 10am-noon, with an entry fee of 30 kuna. The Church of Our Lady of Grace is free.
Written January 14, 2019
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