Orebic Monastery

Orebić, Croatia

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.

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Orebić, Croatia
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Nikoletta Seweryn (4 years ago)
Beautiful views, you can drive in a car or climb on your feet. A picturesque church at the top, a cemetery and a few vineyards next to it.
Tomislav (4 years ago)
Beautiful view only 5 minutes by car from the center of Orebic.
František Bilkovsky (4 years ago)
Goran Nidogon (4 years ago)
A gazebo that conquers. Beautiful view of the canal between Orebic and Korcula and the labyrinth of islands and islets in between. The monastery in a harmonious cloister offers peace and refreshment on hot days, spiritual refreshment always. The church is not too big, but beautiful, even richly decorated. Who likes, a smaller museum is also there. The cemetery next to the monastery is the history of Orebić compacted to a small area. One should come and breathe, experience space.
Ranko Šain (4 years ago)
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