Our Lady of the Angel (Gospa od Anđela) is a monastery that is located near Orebić. The monastery was built at the end of the 16th century under the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik), to which the town of Orebić belonged to between 1333 and 1806. It was built by the Franciscans and is of a Gothic-Renaissance style.
The monastery is surrounded by dense pine wood forests and is located on a craggy stone crest 152 metres above the sea. It has a bird's-eye view east, south and west over the Korčula and Pelješac sea channel with the old town of Korčula in the background. The building consists of one large floor with four outer wings. The whole building forms a unit with the church and is dominated by the bell tower. Petar Tolstoj, a Russian lord and travel writer, mentioned the monastery in 1868. German prince Philipp of Coburg stayed at the monastery in 1905 and the British writer Seaton Watson was there in 1913.
Seamen passing under the monastery would traditionally greet it with three calls on their ship sirens, and then the Franciscans would answer with their church bells which then produced a brilliant sound. The sound of the church bells could be heard throughout the sea channel.References:
Dating from the 15th century, Kisimul is the only significant surviving medieval castle in the Outer Hebrides. It was the residence of the chief of the Macneils of Barra, who claimed descent from the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. Tradition tells of the Macneils settling in Barra in the 11th century, but it was only in 1427 that Gilleonan Macneil comes on record as the first lord. He probably built the castle that dominates the rocky islet, and in its shadow a crew house for his personal galley and crew. The sea coursed through Macneil veins, and a descendant, Ruari ‘the Turbulent’, was arrested for piracy of an English ship during King James VI’s reign in the later 16th century.
Heavy debts eventually forced the Macneil chiefs to sell Barra in 1838. However, a descendant, Robert Lister Macneil, the 45th Chief, repurchased the estate in 1937, and set about restoring his ancestral seat. It passed into Historic Scotland’s care in 2000.
The castle dates essentially from the 15th century. It takes the form of a three-storey tower house. This formed the residence of the clan chief. An associated curtain wall fringed the small rock on which the castle stood, and enclosed a small courtyard in which there are ancillary buildings. These comprised a feasting hall, a chapel, a tanist’s house and a watchman’s house. Most were restored in the 20th century, the tanist’s house serving as the family home of the Macneils. A well near the postern gate is fed with fresh water from an underground seam. Outside the curtain wall, beside the original landing-place, are the foundations of the crew house, where the sailors manning their chief’s galley had their quarters.