Southern Dalmatia Travel Guide

Southern Dalmatia Sights

Franjevački samostan (Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels)

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

A 20-minute walk up the hill above Orebić brings you to the 15th-century Franciscan monastery, perched 492 feet above sea level. The view across the channel to Korčula is spectacular; the view, in fact, explains the monastery's prime location. During the days of the Republic of Dubrovnik, Pelješac was under Dubrovnik's control, while Korčula was ruled by her archrival, Venice. From this privileged vantage point, the Franciscan monks would spy upon their island neighbors, under strict orders to send a messenger to Dubrovnik if trouble looked likely. Today the monastery is a most welcoming retreat, with a lovely cloister and a small museum, displaying scale models of the ships that local sea captains sailed across the oceans and an array of votive pictures dedicated to the Virgin, commissioned and donated by sailors who had been saved from trouble on the high seas. Before leaving, check out the cemetery, where gray marble tombstones shaded by cypress trees mark the final resting places of many a local seafarer.

Sight Information

Address:

Orebic, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, 20250, Croatia

Phone:

020-713–075

Sight Details:

  • 20 Kn

Published 05/20/2009

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