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Visovac Monastery, Krka National Park

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The Visovac Monastery, part of the Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Redeemer based in Split, is a Catholic monastery on the island of Visovac in the Krka National Park, Croatia. Because of the centuries-long devotion to the Mother of God, Visovac is also called Mother of God Island.HistoryVisovac was settled by Augustinian monks, who established a small monastery and church dedicated to the Apostle Paul in the 14th century. In 1445, it was enlarged and adapted by the Franciscans who settled here having withdrawn from parts of Bosnia with ordinary people, when the Turks had taken over there. A new monastery was built in the 18th century. The oldest preserved part of the complex is from the 14th century. The monastery has an important archaeological collection of historic church clothes books and a rich library with several historical manuscripts, rare books, including particularly a rare incunabula of Aesop's fables (Brescia 1487) printed by the Lastovo printer Dobrić Dobričević, a collection of documents (the sultan's edicts) and a sabre belonging to Vuk Mandušić, one of the best-loved heroes of Serbian epic poetry.
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  • Krka National Park is Croatia's gem. Bring your camera for great shots. The monestery, old village, and too many waterfalls are all spectacular. Wear good shoes, you will be hours walking to take it a...  more »
  • Visovac is a monastery on a small island in the middle of Krka River. It's possible to visit the island itself by boat from the National Park, but we just stopped to see it from an overlook. This was ...  more »
  • While we were visiting Krka National Park which is amazing to see the Skradinski Buk Falls dont miss a visit to Visovac Monastery. You are transported by boat to the island which give you a very good ...  more »