Island Views: Hvar Town In Dalmatia Region, Croatia

Massimo Nalli (April 23, 2023) – Hvar is a town and port on the island of Hvar in Dalmatia. The town of Hvar has a long and distinguished history as center for trade and culture in the Adriatic.

A commune, part of the Venetian Empire during the 13th to 18th centuries, it was an important naval base with a strong fortress above, encircling the town walls and protecting the port. Cultural life thrived as prosperity grew, and Hvar is the site of one of the oldest surviving theatres in Europe, opened in 1612. The seven-hundred-year-old walls still survive, as do many of the noble houses and public buildings from 15th – 17th centuries.

The port of Hvar, set in a picturesque natural bay, is a safe haven for boats year round. Hvar Town is encircled on its land-side by protective walls, and overlooked by two massive fortresses set on the hills above. The fortifications were commissioned by the Venetians in 1278, to create a haven for their fleet, and have been expanded in the centuries since.


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