Must Visit: Visovac Monastery, Croatia

February 1, 2013 by

Founded by Augustinian monks in the 15th century, the Visovac Monastery sits on a cyprus tree-filled island sounded by a lake. A picture of serenity, visitors travel to this special place for Mass on Sundays and to view the treasures that still remain in this sacred spot.

Part of the Krka National Park, visitors can reach the monastery by boat from┬áSkradin. At any time, there are between 8-12 Franciscan monks living at this monastery, praying, meditating, and tending to the gardens and chapel. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe approaching the tiny island, and that sense of wonder continues once the boat docks.

Inside the monastery, visitors will find paintings and archaeological finds. A rare illustrated copy of Aesop’s Fables dating back to 1487 is among the most prized possessions of this monastery. Many people come here to experience the sense of calm so lacking in our day to day lives. The Visovac Monastery offers a glimpse into a simpler life, if only for an hour or two.

Photo source: Lionel and Pat Lee

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