Cultural heritage of Hvar
Protection under the UNESCO
In the centre of the town of Hvar located at the former property of the croatian renaissance poet, Hanibal Lucic, a benedictine monastery was built in the middle of the 17th century. Crafted and preserved within the monastery is the world renowed agave lace, whose craftmanship has been passed down up to the present day by generations of Benedictine nuns. The lace is made from specially prepared agave leaf yarns. It became a part of UNESCO`s world heritage list in 2009.
Procession for Easter
Although the agave lace the island of Hvar has another 2 phenomena that have become a part of UNESCO`s world heritage list.
One of them is „Behind a cross”, almost five centuries old tradition of a procession that passes in the night from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday through six places of the central part of the island. A procession with its own cross starts around 10 pm in every of the 6 places. In a clockwise direction they visit every place, stopping in churches in which they sing the old verses of the lady`s crying. The procession in the morning returns to its parent church.
Ager fields behind Stari Grad
The third UNESCO`s world heritage locality on the island is Stari Grad Plain situated near the homonymous town.It is considered to be the oldest town in Croatia and one of the oldest in Europe. The town was built by Ionic Greeks on the foundations of the antique town Pharos. Famous croatian poet Petar Hektorovic lived there in his fortified castle called Tvrdalj.
Stari Grad Plain is the oldest preserved ancient Greek land cadastral plan. Its oldest piece of land division, the chora, created after the colonisation by the Greeks from the Aegean island of Paros in about 384 BC, is still almost totally conserved, as is clearly seen in all maps and aerial shots.
Tourist Board Hvar