The Benedictine Nuns of Hvar: Lace Makers for Popes

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It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Hvar, and one of the least visited.

A very interesting article from our friends over at Hot Spots on the 350 years of the Benedictine Convent on Hvar. One of Hvar’s most beautiful buildings, it is rarely open to outsiders, but the work of the nuns inside spans the globe. For these are the ladies who produce Hvar’s famous agave lace, which has its own UNESCO heritage status, and which has been donated to a succession of popes, as Hot Spots explain. Want to have a look inside? Some rare access with the camera from our friends from Virtual Tour here

The renowned house where Hvar’s nobleman Hanibal Lucić was born in 1485, will become a Benedictine monastery less than two centuries later, and a home to a Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Anthony the Abbot. City initiatives to build the monastery appeared already in 1534, but we consider it was established in 1664, when thanks to the Bishop Milani two nuns came to Hvar from Pag and started monastery activities. Read more… 



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