Gracisce, Travel Guide for holidays in Gracisce, Istria
Gracisce – Points of interests
An active life in Gračišće was brought in by the Slavs, whose spiritual heritage can still be discerned in the name of the hill – Perunčevac, named after Perun, the highest Slavic god, but also in the thousand-year old worshipping of Svantovid, the origin, some people believe, of the Christian St. Vitus, Patron of the Parish of Gračišće.
One of the most curios particularities of Gračišće is its urban structure: the town, once surrounded by walls, is divided into districts of which every one has its own square with a church. The most illustrative is the town centre – the Plac, with the church dedicated to the Mother of God , the chapel of St. Anthony and the Salomon Palace. This part can be reached through the West Gate with a Loggia erected in 1549. On the other side of the Gate the street splits left towards the Parish Church of Sts. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia , and to the right towards the residential district around the square and the church of St. Pancras dating back to the 14th century. The street going along this church used to lead towards the south town gate.
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