View of Brist, long pebble beach and Velebit in the background. Source: apartmani-makarska.org
Brist is a small village on Makarska Riviera, located at the bottom of Mt. Biokovo. In spite of having only 450 inhabitants, it is very popular among Croatian and foreign guests, primarily due to its long beaches and clear sea. The sloped coastline allowed only a narrow strip of land along the coast, making the beach several kilometers long but relatively narrow. The waves have shaped this coastline for centuries, breaking and grinding the rocks into smaller and smaller pieces until the pebbles became barely larger than sand, making these beaches very attractive. Brist was named after the elm
Brist through the eyes of the famous Croatian painter Mladen Veza, who was born in Brist. Source: izlozbaslika.com
tree ("brijest") that was most likely present in this area in the fifteenth century. The old village was not located by the sea, as is the case with many other places along the Makarska Riviera. It was located at the bottom of the mountain where the living conditions were certainly harder, but safer. At the end of the 19th Century, the people started moving by the sea, forming the current village of Brist. Today, people grow olives and work in the tourism industry, renting rooms and apartments. Other than a number of vacation homes, villas and apartments, Brist also has the hotel Riva by the
The bronze monument of Andrija Kacic Miosic, made by Ivan Mestrovic, installed in 1960. Source: hrt.hr
sea. Renowned Croatian painter Mladen Veza was born here, and many of his paintings portray landscapes of Brist. It is not surprising that his birth place served as a great inspiration for his work, when this combination of sea, vineyards, nostalgic landscapes, stone houses and time that seems to have stopped is most often compared to Provence. The artist has gifted the paintings with the motive of Brist to his birth place, and today they can be found at the monastery in Zaostrog. Another famous Croatian artist is said to have come from Brist. Andrija Kacic Miosic, a renowned Croatian poet whose work "Razgovor ugodni naroda slovinskoga" (Pleasant Conversation of Slavic People) was printed in 60 editions. The most famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Metrovic, made a bronze statue of the poet that was installed in front of the Church of St. Margaret.
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