Dalmatian Islands – Vis

These days, Island Vis is one of favorite destinations for sailors visiting Croatia.

It is simple an island you are always coming back to.

HISTORY

Already in the early Stone Age, Vis was a meeting point for navigation routes, of peoples of various origins and of a variety of cultures. This has been the main characteristic of Vis’ history since ancient times until the present day.

At the beginning of 19th century 12,000 people lived here from all over Europe. That influenced Vis’ language where you can find, besides the derivatives of the Venetian dialect, English, French, German and even Hungarian words.

BLUE CAVE

The Blue Cave, one of the most attractive natural phenomena in the Adriatic, is located on the small island of Biševo near Vis. It is only 17 meters wide and 31 meters long. The cave is accessible through a narrow sea passage between the rocks. Sunlight comes in through an underwater opening, flooding the sea and the visitors with silver and blue colors. The only known habitat for the monk seal is right next to it.

DID YOU KNOW?

Vis is one of the rare Adriatic islands having its own soft water underground reservoirs. The present island’s water supply uses two deep wells from which the water is pumped to high intermediary tanks from the general supply all over the island itself.

OUR LADY OF PIRATE

Long time ago pirates were regularly visiting the Komiza town forcing its inhabitants to flee finding a refuge in the fortified church on nearby hill of Muster. On such a visit of looting pirates took away a 1,5m wooden statue of St. Mary from the small church at western part of Komiza Bay.

A very strong wind rose up with high rollers preventing pirates of sailing out of the bay. They got very scared and dropped over board the statue as first. When the danger of pirates ceased few days later the islanders found the statue stranded at Kamenica bay. With great celebration they took the statue bringing it back to the original place.

But they noticed too that a strong spring of fresh water sprouted where the statue was washed on shore. Happy about this good news (this spring still exist today) the procession moved St. Mary’s statue back to the other bay’s end to find that another spring of fresh water shoot up there too. The islanders used these springs until recently, when the one of them was covered (sealed) next to the church with the rescued St. Mary statue still there. Thus this church is named as “Our Lady of Pirate” today.

Island’s romantic loneliness, being lost far away on the high seas and surrounded by the silent sea, the island of Vis still remembers its very long past.

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