Welcome to Murter, that wonderous place ruling over its “overseas colonies” – islands and islets, and, most of all, the pearl of the entire Mediterranean – the Kornati Archipelago. Welcome to Stari Murter (the Old Village), with authentic stone arched alleyways, vernacular and simple houses, stone walls overgrown by climbing plants, and with the modest but inventive features of a valuable architectural ambience.
Murter is definitely an exceptional place for a tourist to visit. Nowhere else on the Adriatic coast does a district center offer so many varied spatial and cultural features in one place. Murter is the largest settlement on the island of the same name, which has the greatest number of islands in its archipelago (over 170), with a large number of sandy beaches along its coastline (Čigrađa, Slanica, Podvrške…), as well as numerous interesting destinations in its vicinity (the national parks: Kornati, Paklenica, and Krka; the nature parks of Telašćica and Vransko Lake; the cities of Zadar, Šibenik, and Split). It is possible to find accommodation in family houses and apartments. Those who favour quiet and fishing will find peace on Kornati, in the fishermen’s houses. Specialized restaurants and inns offer a wealth of gastronomic specialities.
The remains of Roman buildings from 1st century
The remains of Roman buildings, the remains of the antic settlement Colentum, can be found at the foot of the Gradine elevation, in the Hramina cove and elsewhere. Scientists assume the town was robbed and destroyed by pirates in the 2nd century A.D. The local graveyard, where Early Croatian graves were found, is situated on the Gradina cape. At the graveyard one finds the church of Our Lady in Gradina, dating from the 17th century. Above the village, on the Vršina hill, is the church of St. Rocco, dating from 1760. There is a fantastic view of the entire Murter and Betina.
The parish church of St. Michael
The parish church of St. Michael (reconstructed in 1770) features a Baroque altar, the work of masters Pio and Vicko dall’ Acqua, as well as one Creto-Venetian icon. A Gothic-Renaissance procession cross, as well as a few more valuable pictures, can be found in the parish office. This church is a favorite gathering place for the people of Murter.
Murter fishing boat gajeta
There are a few boats which made it through the age of production of plastic boats . The legendary Murter fishing boat “gajeta” is one of them. Made to fit the needs of islanders and their exhausting trips to the Kornati Islands, this kind of a boat is knows for its durability and safe sailing, even when other boats sail leeward. The early “gajetas” were run by sails or paddles and their deck was fully covered. At the half of its length it had a hatch with a cover, as well as smaller doors on both stem and stern for going down into the cargo hold. Its mast was slightly bent forward towards the stem, the sail was triangular.
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