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Biograd

Culture

 

The Local Heritage Museum

 

Biograd’s cultural story is best told by the Local Heritage Museum situated in the centre, along the coast of the city. Apart from safekeeping rich cultural heritage of this town's turbulent history, the museum’s building is a cultural monument itself – it was the seat of the Kotor court established by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1876.

 

There are several interesting collections within the museum: Archaeological collection, Ethnographic collection, a collection of artistic paintings, the Historical Department and the collection “Cargo of a sunken ship from the 16th century” which is actually the biggest attraction. This collection holds over 10 000 artefacts from a sunken Venetian ship from 1583. This valuable treasure was accidentaly discovered by fishermen from Murter in 1967. It was discovered in the Pašman channel, near the islet of Gnalić which is several miles away from Biograd. Apart from the typical ship equipment and inventory like the anchor, dishes and cannons, you can also see the valuable and rare merchandise of those times, intended for trading. Luxurious glasses, bowls and mirrors made from Murano glass, ceiling chandeliers and candle holders built in the north of Europe as well as numerous ceramic items are among the exhibited items.


The huge iron chest is also an extremely interesting artefact found on this sunken ship. Upon opening it, it was discovered that it held fabrics of silk damask, three long white shirts and eight woollen caps – all perfectly preserved. These textile Renaissance treasures are today held in the private Foundation Abbego in Riggesburg, Switzerland.

 

 

Church of St Anastasia

The Church of St Anastasia was built in the middle of the 18th century and dedicated to the martyr Anastasia. On the top of this big parish church (it is 10 meters high and 33 meters long) there is a statue of its patron saint, and the interior holds five altars and several tombstones. The gilded wooden altar from the 18th century particularly stands out.

 

Church of St Anthony

The particular location of St Anthony’s Church is the first thing you notice about it. During the 19th century it was built in a secluded cove, on the shore. The beginning of the 20th century marked the start of making embankments on the coast and building of new houses. As a result of those processes, the church is no longer at the same level with other buildings, but slightly sunken in the ground.

 

Church of St Rocco

This seemingly simple church tells a centuries’ old story. It was built in the late 16th and early 17th century and dedicated to the protector from plague, St Rocco. A gilded Baroque altar from the 18th century is located in the chuch.

 

Church of St Catherine

 

The medieval church of St Catherine, or its remains, are located above the famous quarry which was used from ancient times and all the way until the 20th century. A lighthouse was also built nearby in 1885. The facade of the church was destroyed during work in the quarry.

 

An Open University, Public Library, as well as numerous other cultural and artistic associations are active in Biograd, so you can rightfully say that this little town has a rich cultural life!

 

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