Hvar


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Hvar

The island or hvar is the fourth largest island in the Adriatic, covering an area  of 299.6 km2. It is 68 km long and a maximum of 10.5 km in width. In the 47 settlements  on the island there are 11 400 inhabitants. it is the sunniest place in the Adriatic  with 2718 hours of sunshine a year and it is known for its mild winters. Snow and  temperatures below freezing are very rare. it is famous for its well developed  vineyards and lavender gardens.  The most  famous of the patricians’  palaces is the unfinished  Hektorovic house (over the  main city gates) and the  older Lucie’ family summer  residence (to the east of the  cathedral) which was the  first large house built in the  city of Hvar. It has two rows  of Gothic windows and a  stone balustrade with a  balcony. To the west of the  harbour there are the ruins  of St. Mark’s Church (Sveti  Marko). The outline and the  bell tower are still intact. In  the apse there is an  archaeological exhibition  and within the walls of the  old church there is a  collection of stone monuments. This church is also  used for concerts. Between  the clock tower, the Palace  Hotel and Hektorovic  house, stands the Church of  St. Cosmas and St. Damian  (Sveti Kuzma i Damjan)  which, with the city walls, is  the only Romanesque  building in the city. The  church was later altered in  the Baroque style. Hvar as a climatic cure  town. Thanks to its favou-  rable climate (it has an  average of 2 700 hours of  sunshine a year), Hvar is a  well known cure town. Hvar  is particularly recommended for the treatment of  bronchitis and bronchial  asthma, chronic infections  and allergies of the respiratory tract and other organs.  Hvar as a climatic cure  town. Thanks to its favou-  rable climate (it has an  average of 2 700 hours of  sunshine a year), Hvar is a  well known cure town. Hvar  is particularly recommended for the treatment of  bronchitis and bronchial  asthma, chronic infections  and allergies of the respiratory tract and other organs. Pakleni otoci are a  group of eleven islands and  several rocks off Hvar  harbour, stretching over a  distance of 11 km and providing a natural protective  barrier for the harbour.  Their name derives from  “paklina”, a “pitch” used  here for waterproofing  ships. In fact they should  really be called Paklinski  otoci as the Croatian word  “pakleni” means “hellish”.  The islands are not inha-  bited. The largest is Sveti  Klement where there are  the remains of lllyrian  earthworks and Roman  buildings. The most famous  building is the chapel of St.  Clement (Sveti Klement)  from the 14th century, restored in 1870, in memory  of the battle of Vis in 1866. Jelsa is town on Hvar Island, 30 km from town Hvar and  10 km from Starigrad. It have  1 800 inhabitants.

 

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Paklinski island