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Supetar
—  town  —
Supetar Harbor
Supetar is located in Croatia
Supetar
The location of Supetar within Croatia
Coordinates: 43°23′04″N 16°33′19″E / 43.38444°N 16.55528°E / 43.38444; 16.55528
Country Croatia
County Split-Dalmatia county
Island Brač
Government
 - Mayor Tonči Kirigin (HDZ)
Area
 - Total 30 km2 (11.6 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2001)
 - Total 3,062
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21 400
Area code(s) 021
Licence plate ST
Website supetar.hr

Supetar (Italian: San Pietro della Brazza) is a town on the northern side of the Dalmatian island of Brač, in the Splitsko-Dalmatiska County, in Croatia. It became the island's official centre in 1827.[1] The Municipality of Supetar also includes the town Supetar and three places Splitska, Skrip and Mirca.

With a population of 3,062, it is the island's largest and fastest-expanding town with dozens of apartments being built every year. It is accessible via 45 minute ferry via Jadrolinija from the mainland city of Split. The official language is Croatian, however most inhabitants also speak English, Italian and German.

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History

Old Supetar was situated on the small peninsula where there is now a graveyard. The settlement came to an end during the early Christian era. In the late Middle Ages a new settlement started around the bay known as St. Peter's, from which the town derives its name. It originated from the Latin S.v Petar during the Latin population of the town. "Sv" stands for "Sveti", meaning saint, therefore it takes its name from Saint Peter, which is the name's English equivalent translation.

The present settlement of Supetar was founded in the 16th century when people living in Nerežišča, about 8 km inland, began to use it as their harbour. The town's main period of development occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries when Supetar too over from Nerežišča as the administratice centre of the island of Brač.[2]

The town

Supetar Habor at dusk

The Parish church of St. Peter (Sveti Petar) stands on the side of an old chapel which was restored in 1773 in a Baroque architectural style. At that time it also received a new aisle and bell tower. It was extended in 1887. In the church there are paintings by the local artist Feliks Tironi from the second half of the 18th century and a Baroque altarpiece by an unknown Venetian artist of the 18th century.

In the old part of the church there are some gravestones with Croatian inscriptions and at the entrance to the church there is a font made of two large Gothic capitals. On the left of the church building there is a sundial and beneath it a sarcophagus with the date 1774 engraved. In the Sunday school classrooms there are paintings from the Venetian era (16th and 17th centuries). The well, decorated with reliefs, is the work of Johannes Mazzonius from 1734.

Supetar graveyard beside the Chapel St. Nicholas (Sveti Nikola Putnik) there are two old Christian sarcophagi and several gravestones (Pieta), which are the work of Ivan Rendič of Supetar (1849–1932), and the mausoleum of the Petrinovič family with portraits and sculptures, by the sculptor Toma Rosandič (1878–1958).

Supetar in the news

Slobodna Dalmacija daily recently reported that a housing development called Adriatica is being built in McKinney, Texas, USA, as a partial faithful replica of Supetar[3].

See also

References

  1. ^ Naklada Naprijed, The Croatian Adriatic Tourist Guide, pg. 274, Zagreb (1999), ISBN 953-178-097-8
  2. ^ Jane Foster, Footprint Croatia, pg. 237, Footprint Handbooks (2004), ISBN 1903471796
  3. ^ A Million Dollars for a Villa in American Supetar, article on Adriatica McKinney in Slobodna Dalmacija (Croatian)

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Coordinates: 43°23′04″N 16°33′19″E / 43.38444°N 16.55528°E / 43.38444; 16.55528

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Dalmatia : Brac : Supetar
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Supetar
Supetar

Supetar [1] is a capital city of island Brac, Croatia. This lively town with 3062 people living in it, is famous for it's architecture, past and cultural tradition. Due to its long, beautiful gravel and sand beaches surrounded with pine woods, and for its crystal blue sea it has acquired a reputation as a wonderful bathing resort.

Get in

There's a ferry from Split which takes approx 45 min. [2]

  • Restaurant Punta, Punta 1, +385 21 631 507
  • Restaurant Jastog, Bana Josipa Jelacica 7, +385 21 631 486
  • Restaurant Vrilo, Hrv.velikana bb
  • Tavern Vinotoka, Ignjata Joba 6, +385 21 630 969
  • Tavern Lukin, Porat 32, +385 21 630 683
  • Bistro Palute, Porat 4, +385 21 631 730
  • Pizzeria Roso, Put Vela luke bb, +385 21 630 352
  • Pizzeria Mario, Porat bb, +385 21 631 155
  • Caffe-bar Barbara, Porat 17, +385 98 225 321
  • Caffe-bar Ben Quick, Vlacica 19, +385 21 630 541
  • Caffe-bar Mondo, Put Vele Luke bb, +385 98 9520 493
  • XXL Club, Put Vele Luke bb
  • Mistiq Disco Club, Put Vele Luke bb, +385 21 631 011
  • Villa Kuzmanic, 00 385 (0)21 394449, [3] [4] Apartments 500m from the center of Supetar for 4, 5 and 6 persons, newly decorated, with SAT-TV, air condition, washing machine and barbecue. Two bedrooms, terrace and secured parking place.
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