Hollow Church

Solin, Croatia

Close by the Jadro, to the east of Salona, there are remains of churches on the site known for centuries by the local people by the true, descriptive name of Šuplja crkva (Hollow Church). The name originates from the time when here there were walls of an unattended church with a collapsed roof, recorded on the Camuci’s map of 1571. Remains of a three-aisled basilica, dedicated to Ss. Peter and Moses appear to have existed at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries, when the newly arrived inhabitants of Solin named them so picturesquely. The church is from the 11th century, linked with the coronation of Zvonimir as a Croatian king in 1075, built within a large early-Christian basilica, probably from the 6th century. Next to the church, there was a Benedictine monastery, possibly connected with the dynasty, which is a possible reason why the new church was built within the old one, to become the site of such an important event. This fact has made this early-Romanesque three-aisled basilica particularly famous.

Today, the landscape differs very much from the landscape of the early-Christian time and the 11th century. The river flowed down a completely different bed, and the surrounding terrain was lower. The river nowadays flows close to the site, flooding the old walls remains that, due to the new configuration of the surrounding land, often remain under water. This is an excellent and very clear example of how the small Jadro has gradually changed the configuration of the landscape of the Solin’s monuments.

The three-aisled basilica had a specific western façade, the so-called westwerk, and a bell tower, and three apses incorporated right into the church body at its eastern end. In the church, there was a large, three-part altar screen, bearing the inscription that revealed its titulars, Ss. Peter and Moses (sv. Petar i Mojsije), and, with help from written historic sources, the course of important historic events, as well. Some scientists believe that parts of the altar screen were also the slabs that now make the baptismal font in the St. John’s Baptistery of Split, including the famous slab usually interpreted as presenting an enthroned Croatian king.

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Put Majdana 31, Solin, Croatia
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Tomislav Vukovic (4 months ago)
The site has a huge tourist potential. The assessment was therefore sent to the city authorities, to whom I appeal to arrange access, some info-boards and parking. Progress would also be made to just remove the padlock on the door.
Ante Jukic (12 months ago)
Where the Croatian King Zvonimir was crowned in 1075ac
ton de Leeuw (14 months ago)
You have to visit this historical site in Solin.
Andrea Ticic (2 years ago)
Old & historical but not well prepared for sightseeing. Looks like abandoned place. Nobody charges entrance tickets. No parking available. Next to this place is a road that leads you to the spring of the river Jadro (Put Majdana road). And this place gets flooded during rainy season so keep that in mind. It is along the river flow.
Zlatan Olić (3 years ago)
I'm glad I got permission to sign up for that place on Google Maps. Crowning place of the last of the most important rulers of Croatian blood, King Demetrius Zvonimir, 1075. The place deserves much better historical, monumental and touristical valorisation by the authorities of Solin town, Split-Dalmatia County and the Republic of Croatia. The environment near the river Jadro is wonderful and calming.
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