The legend of the curse of Lokrum:
According to legend, after the fall of the Republic of Dubrovnik, the new authorities decided to close the monastery on the island and remove the monks. The Benedictines made every effort to stay on the island, which had been their home for centuries, but failed. The last evening they spent on the island, they left the church in their hooded cloaks and surrounded the island three times, holding turned candles in their hands.
Their procession lasted all night, wax dripping on the ground, and the monks cursed aloud "Cursed be everyone who takes Lokrum for their own pleasure!" From that moment on, every future owner of this small island ended tragically.
Lokrum has become an island exclusively in ‘public’ ownership, given to everyone for unconditional enjoyment. You just have to stick to the saying, “Don’t take anything from Lokrum. Neither a peacock feather, nor a leaf picked in the botanical garden, because what you took from the island still belongs to him. And it brings misfortune to the new owner.
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