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Art and heritage on island Rab

The island of Rab is rich in heritage from different historical periods; from the protected archaeological sites of early antiquity, Romanesque churches and bell towers of 11-12 st, beautiful examples of monumental religious architecture such as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 12th century and the monastery complex of St. Bernardino of Siena in village Kamporu from the 15th century and St. Peter's benedicitne monastery in the 11th Supetarska Draga valley, to the preserved historic old town of Rab with its typical Mediterranean atmosphere and a wealth of late Gothic and Renaissance details (nobles crests and giuilds, windows, doors, portals), rich treasury of sacred heritage, historical archives and medieval statutes... There is also a wealth of intangible heritage on the island in the form of folk every-day customs and celebrations to religious ceremonies, processions and other customs in the way of life to contemporary artistic aspirations presented in several Rab galleries.
The beautiful old town of Rab is protected in its entirety as a cultural and historic urban ensemble of unique urban structure with a distinct historical, archaeological, artistic, scientific and social importance.
Here's a list of some of the most important protected cultural monuments on the island;
- TOWN RAB, a historic urban ensemble

- Specially protected monuments in the town of Rab itself;
- "Big" tower of the Holy Mary
- St. Francis
- NIMIRA palace,
- The remains of the church of St. John the Evangelist, monastery and bell tower
- Cathedral of St. Mary
- Duke's Palace
movable heritage;
- Figure "Madonna and Child", St. Simon and St. John the Evangelist

Benedictine Monastery - St. Peter

- franciscan Monastery of St. Bernardine of Siena
- remains of the villa rustica
movable heritage;
- A collection of incunabula 14-18 century
- Picture "Stigmatization of St.. Francis "
- Great Kamporska Chronicle, six volumes of manuscripts
- preventively protected ruins of the church of St. Damian and Cosmas
- Archaeological site Podšilo kiln

Rab is certainly most recognizable for its 4 towers, 3 Romanesque and 1 Baroque which are the main characteristics of the whole area and among the finest examples of this type of architecture on the Adriatic. However, except for the churches and arhitecture, other sacral arts and paintings make a valuable examples to explore on the island of Rab.
From the modern art, we point out that Rab was and still is a great inspiration, motivation or scene for numerous works of art and arists, be it visual arts or music, where exist today a few Art Colonies, operate various artistic groups and workshops.
To mention a few major artists associated with Rab;
-Sculptor Andrew Alessi and hisworkshop,15th century
-Juraj Baraković (Draga,RabShepherdess), poet, 16th century
- Director F.W.Murnau - filmed one of the rare comedies - the "Grand Duke's Finances' along the Adriatic and on Rab, in which the legendary MaxSchreck (Nosferatu) acted a  political agitators
-Writers Slobodan Novak, Zoran Ferić, Dragutin Tadijanović,
-Dunja Vejzović-croatian opera primadonna
- Vladimir Dodig trokut, contemporary artist
-Gaspar Bolković Pik, painter
Check the photoalbum with a selection of Rab cultural heritage.
If you are interested in a specialized package for your holidays with emphasis on art history or creative art activities, please consult us and send the request.
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