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Brela Donja is the best known resort on the Makarska riviera. It consists of several small settlements in the foothills of Biokovo and was named after some wells (“vrela” in Croatian). Above the settlement there are some ruins known popularly as “The Duke’s fortress” (“Hercegove utvrde”). The Chapel Our Lady of Carmel (Gospa od Karmela) was built in 1730. There is a partially preserved ancient necropolis with some gravestones with relief ornamentation. Not far away is Baska Voda (5 km southeast; 2 200 inhabitants) which was known as a settlement in the Roman era. There are two churches in the village. Above Baška Voda is the village of Bast, typical of the Biokovo foothills, after which Baška Voda was named (“Bastska Voda”). Živogosce (10 km towards Makarska; 600 inhabitants), one of the oldest settlements in the Makarska coastal area, there is a 17th century Franciscan monastery, with an inscription dating from 1766, which was converted and extended after it had been demolished during the French occupation.

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