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Stari Grad Plain

The Stari Grad Plain is situated on Hvar Island in the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia in front of Split. Hvar lies in the Dalmatian Archipelago between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. The Stari Grad Plain is a cultural landscape and also a natural reserve. The fertile plain was colonized by Ancient Greece in the 4th century BC. The agricultural activity of grapes and olives has been maintained since the 4th century BC to the present day. The Stari Grad Plain is divided into geometrical parcels bounded by dry stone walls, a system of land division as used by the Ancient Greeks. The Greek colonists built a system of rainwater harvesting of gutters and storage cisterns. The Stari Grad Plain has remained almost completely intact for more than twenty-four centuries, from the 4th century BC up to the present day. The Stari Grad Plain gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

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Stari Grad Plain - The Stari Grad Plain is located on Hvar, an island of natural beauty in Croatia. It was colonized by the Ancient Greeks in the 4th...

The Stari Grad Plain is located on Hvar, an island of natural beauty in Croatia. It was colonized by the Ancient Greeks in the 4th century BC and remained almost intact over 24 centuries. The agricultural activity of grapes and olives has been maintained since the 4th century BC up to the present day. The Stari Grad Plain was declared an UNESCOWorld Heritage in 2008.

  1. Stari Grad Plain - The Stari Grad Plain is located on Hvar, an island of natural beauty in Croatia. It was colonized by the Ancient Greeks in the 4th...

    The Stari Grad Plain is located on Hvar, an island of natural beauty in Croatia. It was colonized by the Ancient Greeks in the 4th century BC and remained almost intact over 24 centuries. The agricultural activity of grapes and olives has been maintained since the 4th century BC up to the present day. The Stari Grad Plain was declared an UNESCOWorld Heritage in 2008.

  2. Stari Grad Plain - The Stari Grad Plain is a cultural landscape and is also a natural reserve. The Stari Grad Plain is divided into geometrical parcels...

    The Stari Grad Plain is a cultural landscape and is also a natural reserve. The Stari Grad Plain is divided into geometrical parcels bounded by dry stone walls, a system of land division as used by the Ancient Greeks. The Stari Grad Plain remained almost intact over twenty four centuries, from the 4th century BC up to the present day.

  3. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: An olive orchard surrounded by a dry stone wall, the walls are evidence of the system of land division used by...

    Stari Grad Plain: An olive orchard surrounded by a dry stone wall, the walls are evidence of the system of land division used by the Ancient Greeks. The stone walls were also used to protect the grapes and olives from frost damage, they retain the heat of the sun during the day and give it back during the night, preventing the temperature to drop below freezing.

  4. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: A trim in a vineyard. Trims are small drystone field shelters, they offer a safe shelter to farm workers during heavy...

    Stari Grad Plain: A trim in a vineyard. Trims are small drystone field shelters, they offer a safe shelter to farm workers during heavy weather. The trims were built of rough field stones, the roofs were used to dry fruit. Today, the Stari Grad Plain is still famous for its wines and olives. The Stari Grad Plain is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  5. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The Church of St. Stephen is the 17th century parish church of the town of Stari Grad. The church was built in the...

    Stari Grad Plain: The Church of St. Stephen is the 17th century parish church of the town of Stari Grad. The church was built in the Dalmatian Baroque style. The Church of St. Stephen was made of stone from the Island of Korčula, the stone oxidized during the course of time and the church has now a red-brown colour. The Baroque façade has three portals. Above the central portal is a simple rose window.

  6. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The Square of Škor is the town square of the old town of Stari Grad. Stari Grad is the oldest town on the Croatian...

    Stari Grad Plain: The Square of Škor is the town square of the old town of Stari Grad. Stari Grad is the oldest town on the Croatian Island of Hvar. Stari Grad has a long history, it was known as Pharos when it was founded around 400 BC by Greeks from the Island of Syracuse. Stari Grad is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields.

  7. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The small church of St. Roko is located in the town of Stari Grad. St. Roko was the patron saint of Stari Grad. The...

    Stari Grad Plain: The small church of St. Roko is located in the town of Stari Grad. St. Roko was the patron saint of Stari Grad. The celebration of the patron saint of the city is held every year on the 16th August. The church was built in the 16th century by Petar Hektorović (1487-1572), an aristocratic landowner, a writer, a poet and collector of Dalmatian songs.

  8. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The seaward façade of Kastel Tvrdalj, a fortified mansion in the historic town of Stari Grad. It was built by Petar...

    Stari Grad Plain: The seaward façade of Kastel Tvrdalj, a fortified mansion in the historic town of Stari Grad. It was built by Petar Hektorović as a stronghold in case of an Ottoman invasion of the island Hvar. Kastel Tvrdalj has a garden with exotic and Mediterranean plants, a salt water pond surrounded by arcades and three fresh water sources. The writer and poet Petar Hektorović set several inscriptions on the walls of his mansion in Latin and Croatian, the Croatian inscriptions are among the first writings in this language.

  9. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: Archaeologists have discovered valuable Roman floor mosaics in the early Christian Church of St. John in Stari Grad, the most...

    Stari Grad Plain: Archaeologists have discovered valuable Roman floor mosaics in the early Christian Church of St. John in Stari Grad, the most beautiful of these mosaics is depicting doves drinking from a Greek bowl, a kantharos. Wall paintings and a baptistery in the shape of a cross were also found. Other ancient mosaics can be seen in the Bianchini Palace.

  10. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The Bianchini Palace is located in the town of Stari Grad, the palace was built by the sons of a local ship owner. The palace...

    Stari Grad Plain: The Bianchini Palace is located in the town of Stari Grad, the palace was built by the sons of a local ship owner. The palace was built in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1896. In the same year, a Deodar cedar (Himalayan cedar) was planted in the garden. Nowadays, the former palace houses the local museum, the Stari Grad Museum shows a collection of artifacts found at the Stari Grad Plain.

  11. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: A tower of the fortified Dominican Monastery of St. Petar of Mučenik in the town of Stari Grad. The Dominican Monastery was...

    Stari Grad Plain: A tower of the fortified Dominican Monastery of St. Petar of Mučenik in the town of Stari Grad. The Dominican Monastery was founded in 1482. After the Ottoman attack on the Island of Hvar in the 16th century, the monastery was fortified. The church houses the tomb of the well-known Croatian writer and poet Petar Hektorović and his mother.

  12. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The bell tower of Dominican Monastery, situated in the old town of Stari Grad. The monastery has an...

    Stari Grad Plain: The bell tower of Dominican Monastery, situated in the old town of Stari Grad. The monastery has an arcaded courtyard planted with palms and orange trees. The museum of the Dominican Monastery houses several important works of art, among them a painting by the Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto, the Lamentation of Christ (ca. 1560).

  13. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: A trim is a small stone shelter, in front of the trim stands a small cistern for holding rain water. The Greek colonists...

    Stari Grad Plain: A trim is a small stone shelter, in front of the trim stands a small cistern for holding rain water. The Greek colonists built a system of rainwater harvesting consisting of gutters and storage cisterns. The agricultural landscape of the Stari Grad Plain has not much changed since ancient Greek times.

  14. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: Several ancient trims in a small vineyard, trims are tiny dry stone shelters. Nowadays, about ninety trims are preserved in the...

    Stari Grad Plain: Several ancient trims in a small vineyard, trims are tiny dry stone shelters. Nowadays, about ninety trims are preserved in the Stari Grad Plain. The system of land division used by the ancient Greeks has remained in use for over twenty four centuries. The Stari Grad Plain gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

  15. Stari Grad Plain - Stari Grad Plain: The tiny town of Vrboska is situated on the north coast of the Island of Hvar. Vrboska lies along the banks of a small...

    Stari Grad Plain: The tiny town of Vrboska is situated on the north coast of the Island of Hvar. Vrboska lies along the banks of a small horseshoe shaped bay, surrounded by pine trees. The Stari Grad Plain is a flat plain, located between the town of Stari Grad and the town of Vrboska. The Island of Hvar is considered one of the most beautiful Croatian Islands.