Franciscan Monastery, Island of Lopud, Croatia

The Island of Lopud is considered the prettiest of the Elaphite Group off Dubrovnik. The harbour of Lopud Town is dominated by the Franciscan Monastery which stands at one end.

The approach from the sea shows the strong fortifications around the Monastery, which continue behind, and show the vulnerable position the island was in.

The Monastery was founded in the 15th Century, and the cloister still dates to 1483. The Tower is slightly later. The fortifications were added in the following century to protect from the Venetians, this being one of the furthest north outposts of the Dubrovnik Republic.

Some, rather sluggish, restoration work is underway to clean the Monastery up, but at present it is still one of those half-ruined places that Croatia seems to specialise in.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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