The Church of Our Lady of Spilice


The construction of this church began at the beginning of the 16th century. The church records tell us it still hadn’t been completed in 1521, quite possibly due to the fact that its design and floor plan kept changing, with the church growing larger and larger in size. In terms of style it is certainly an impressive building: the central part, which is also the oldest and the first to be completed, is a mix of the Gothic and the Renaissance architecture, specifically the transition period between the two.


The Baroque elements of the church can be seen in the design of the double doors and the rounded windows above them. The altar was originally made in the Renaissance style but was redesigned in the 19th century. The central part of the altarpiece - a polyptych made by Girolamo da Santacroce, a famous Venetian painter of the time - still stands in place, depicting Mary with the Child seated on a throne, St John the Baptist and St. Peter in her company, with God the Father looking over them all.


Aside from sacred art, a number of headstones can be found in the church, dedicated to various members of the clergy and the nobility, including the headstone of the author A. M. Karamanov, all dated to the 17th and 18th centuries. The church organ dates back to the 18th century, as well.


The most prominent of its external features is the tall slim bell tower perched on top of the western side of the church. Because of the richness in architecture and art, this church was declared as protected cultural heritage.

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Ul. Viški Boj 2, 21480, Vis


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