Pag Sundial to be Declared Cultural Asset of Local Significance

Lauren Simmonds

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Pag, Croatia
Pag, Croatia

As Morski/Toni Perinic writes, representatives of the Municipality of Vrsi visited Pag’s local government unit, where they were warmly received and hosted by Mayor Ante Fabijanic and Deputy Davor Fabijanic. At the initiative of the association Volim Vlasici (I love Vlasici) and the Municipality of Vrsi, a meeting was held regarding the reconstruction of the Pag Sundial in Vlasici, which administratively and territorially belongs to the Pag but has great cultural and historical significance for Vrsi.

The first sundial we know of originates from fifteenth century BC Egypt, and consisted of a lever placed vertically on a circle divided into four quadrants. Each quadrant was divided into six smaller parts, thus actually setting the present time composition of 24 hours. It had the shape of the letter “L” which was leaning on its longer end and had indicators showing six time zones while the shadow of the pointer (Gnomon) showed the time.

The Pag sundial is a monument believed to date from the late nineteenth century. It is located at the top of the peninsula at Cape Skamica in Vlasici, in an important location for maritime traffic and is considered to have been a landmark of navigation routes in that particular sea passage.

The old Vrsi name for the Pag sundial is Relo, and along with Veli and Mali Sikavac it is one of the trump cards for Croatian nautical tourism. The Mayor of Vrsi, Anita Predovan Maras, emphasised that this is the beginning of friendship and cooperation with the island of Pag and the Pag administration.

”The people of Vrsi have always been connected in a special way with both Veli and Mali Sikavec and the Pag sundial on which fishermen relied in the past, and it served as a landmark in time and space. We’re pleased with the fact that Pag is open for cooperation and we hope that the renewal of the Pag sundial is just the beginning of friendly relations between the two local self-government units,” said Anita Predovan Maras.

The mayor of Pag, Ante Fabijanic, promised to prepare a point for declaring the Pag sundial a cultural asset of local significance for the next session of the city council, which will enable a detailed professional renovation, which has been much needed for years. The Mayor of Vrsi and the Mayor of Pag also talked about the projects implemented by both local self-government units and further development in the future.

The Municipality of Vrsi was represented by the Deputy Mayor, Ivana Milutin and Sime Stojak, while the Head of the Administrative Department for Physical Planning and Economy, Marija Radoslovic, Councilor Stipe Zunic and the Ana Zunic of the ”Volim Vlasici” association were present.

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