Košljun, Krk Island

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4.1/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Košljun is a tiny island in Puntarska Draga bay off the coast of Krk, facing Punat, in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. It is approximately 300 meters in diameter and covers an area of 6.5 hectares, but is rich in vegetation. The only inhabitants are a group of Franciscan monks living in St. Mary's Monastery.HistoryThe earliest known settlement on Košljun was a Roman villa rustica belonging to a landowner of the Roman settlement on Krk (Curicum). The next solid evidence of inhabitation is a written record from 1186 implying the existence of a Benedictine abbey built on its foundations. This was abandoned in 1447, and the Frankopans moved in Franciscans in their place. The present church was built by the Franciscans in 1480. The Benedictines remained on the island until the 15th century. After the death of the abbot Dominik, a Venetian priest held the title of Abbot of Košljun, and the island was abandoned.A pair of Franciscan monks complained to the Pope that the monastery was sitting empty. At their request, the Benedictine monastery was abolished and the island of Košljun given to the Franciscans, whose monastery remains today.The collectionsBy the jetty there is a statue of St. Francis with a wolf, a frequent iconographic motif for this saint. As well as the statue there is also a text written in Glagolitic over the main entrance to the monastery, "Mir i Dobro" (peace and well-being) which is also dedicated to St. Francis. In the monastery there is an ethnographic collection including articles used by farmers and fishermen on Krk from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
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  • This small island which houses a monastery, can be reached by boat - water taxi from Punat is only a couple of pounds each way. You can walk all around the island and there are lots of interesting pla...  read more »
  • A small casket of peace, a small island in the Bay of krk-punat which contains a monastery. We arrive by ferry from Punat, I suggest finding a small young master and avoid the "greats" from 50-100 places you would be at the mercy of any sightseeing tour organised with the inability to enjoy the island and doing things in a hurry. Docked you pay the entrance that allows you to visit two to three small museums and the open part of the convent. If a beautiful day is well worth the trip around the island (less than half an hour quietly) in the path of great perimeter a chance to make beautiful panoramic pictures. Localita ' fits both children and the elderly, these bathrooms and toilets.
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  • Short boat drive takes you to this beautiful small island with lots of things to see there. 2 small but very nice museums, for me the most impressive was money collection from all around the world and...  read more »
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