Monuments culturelsÎle de Pag > Pag
This church was founded on 18. May 1443. Originally it was meant to be a Cathedral, that is, the centre of the diocese. However, for some political and historic reasons it has never become a cathedral. Services are regularly held, every day.
The Duke's Palace was built in the 15th century. It served as the headquarters of the island and town's government until 1905. The dukes appointed by Venice had their seat there and the noblemen and town councils held their sessions there. A Duke's mandate lasted 33 months. Marko Lauro Ruiæ, a lawyer and a historian, worked as the Prefect in the Duke's Palace.
This tower is commonly known as the Town's Tower. This is the only one remaining of the original nine towers. It was built in the 15th century, and was used as a fortress on the northwest end of the town. Levelling the ground around the Tower shortened its height by 2 - 3 meters. The sea once lapped at its most protruding part, while the cannons protruded from slots on the front.
On the spot of today's headquarters of the city government, there used to be an octagonal tower named Kamerlengo, up to 1905. Its mighty construction protected the westerly, sea entrance to the town. Right beside it, at its southern part, there was the town's record office that burnt down together with the tower in 1905. Frane Budak, the Major in those days, had the tower reconstructed and established the headquarters of the city government in it.
The building of the salt storehouses begun in 1629, on the place where there used to be St. Peter's Abbey (fifth storehouse looking from the left). Jerolim Mondela, a merchant from Šibenik, built the first three salt storehouses. The other six were built during the reign of Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. These salt storehouses are unique monuments of the architecture of Pag and without equal on a global scale.
There was a monastery adjoined to the church of St. Frane, which was the centre of Franciscans who came to Pag from Stari grad. The monastery ceased to exist in 1785, when the last Franciscan, on his request asked to be transferred to Šibenik because of feebleness. However, the monastery was not officially closed until 1795. The first school of Pag was situated in the abandoned monastery premises. The whole complex was destroyed in 1854. The Church of St. Frane is what remained of the former Franciscan centre
The Benedictine convent of St. Margarita dates from 1483. The chaplain Juraj Slovinja initiated the construction. The noble family Mišolić is responsible for the building of a church adjoining the convent. There is also a chapel with a crypt beside the church.
One part of this church of the town's patron, St. Juraj (George), was incorporated in the northeastern part of the town's walls. Services are held only occasionally here. Mostly it serves as a gallery where exhibitions are held.