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Central Dalmatia Sights

Stari Grad

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  • Starigrad
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Updated 10/07/2014

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As its name suggests, Stari Grad, or Old Town, is one of the oldest towns in Europe, founded in 384 BC. The site of the original Greek settlement on Hvar, called Pharos by the Greeks, it is a conglomeration of smaller communities. While the theme of many of the main attractions in Stari Grad focus on its ancient history, the city is still very much a living city throughout the whole year and offers a refreshing alternative to Hvar Town. It is also the entry-point to the island for bus transportation from the mainland, as well as the car ferry terminal. The town is 10 km (6 miles) east of Hvar Town.

Tvrdalj. This trvdalj, or fortress, is the palace of 16th-century poet Petar Hektorović. The villa was first renovated in 18th-century baroque style and a partial restoration was completed in the 19th century. Hektorović attempted to create a "model universe" to be embodied in his home. To that end, a large fish pond is stocked with gray mullet, as they were in the poet's

own time, representing the sea; above the fish pond in a tower is a dovecote, representing the air. Ivy was allowed to cover the walls to tie the home to the land. Quotations from his poetry are inscribed on many walls. The home is not open to visitors but the garden is worth a visit and there is also a display of ancient agricultural equiptment. 8 Ul. Molo Njiva, Stari Grad, Hvar, 21460. 021/765–068. 15 Kn. May-June, and Oct., daily 10–1; July-Sep. daily 10–1 and 6–8.

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Nova riva 3, Starigrad, 21460, Croatia

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