Košljun, Krk Island

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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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  • The monastery island of Kosljun is accessible in winter by ferry through the crystal clear water. At the entrance to the Church, a replica of a Glagolitic stone tablet will be shown.
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  • Beandovi of the variety of the island of Krk, discover, starting with the ship for a few Kuna from the Bay of Punat, a small island without time: Košljun. Of just 300 metres across, to enter you have to pay a ticket because the entire area is the prerogative of the Franciscan friars, who run the monastery and visits. Interesting churches, artwork and the cemetery, but even more so the walk along the perimeter of Košljun, where in a half hour or so you can be hit by the pungent scents of medicinal plants some exist only here (!) and admire the true peace of nature. Nearby a playing field and a beach for the exclusive use of the friars.
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  • Kosljun is a pretty little island reached by boat from Punet Bay. The island is peaceful with very few tourists. There is a monastery and a museum. Overall, a pretty relaxing trip