Summer twilight in Povlja: waterfront, boats, coffee shops-bars, apartments. Source: flickriver.com
Povlja is a small village with only about three hundred inhabitants, located on the northeast side of the Island of Brac
, deep in the bay. The name Povlja originated from the Latin word vallis meaning bay. The village is known for the largest old Christian basilica on the island, Povaljski prag and Povaljska listina. Povaljski prag is the epigraph carved into stone above the door of the Benedictine monastery from the beginning of the 12th century, written in Croatian Cyrillic (bosancica). It speaks of master Radonja, whom some connect to the famous Trogir master Radovan. Due to its
Fishing boats and nets by the waterfront guarantee a good gastronomic offer in Povlja. Source: zlatni-bol.com
significance, it is currently kept in the Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments in Split
. Povaljska listina is the oldest preserved relic written in Croatian Cyrillic, bosancica. The octagon shaped baptistery is the best preserved part of the old Christian basilica. It has a vaulted dome and is the only one of its kind to be preserved in Croatia. Today, it is a part of the Church of St. John the Baptist with a bell tower that rises over the village. Povlja is a small, quiet destination, located about ten kilometers from Sumartin which is connected to the mainland by ferry service. The village
Church of St. John the Baptist with well preserved remains of the old Christian basilica in Povlja. Source: panoramio.com
doesn't have any hotels, but visitors can find accommodation in private villas and apartments. Povlja also has several taverns and restaurants with local specialties, mostly based on fish and a few meat dishes that are specific to Brac, and some international dishes. Other than tourism and apartment rental, inhabitants of Povlja engage in agriculture, olive growing and fishing. Village of Povlja is surrounded by nice beaches and coves: Kljucna, Tocinjak, Tatinja, Travna, and Smokvica. Other than resting and swimming, Povlja also offers diving, sailing or boat rentals. Evenings in Povlja are romantic with quiet music from local restaurants and bars and the local harbor is often filled with music from boats and yachts that are docked in the harbor.
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