Reasons to visit Hvar Island in October
As autumn reveals its wonderful colors, pamper yourself with a well-deserved getaway just hours away from all the major European cities, let the island surprise you with its lively manifestations and you might discover that this is the most vivacious part of the year. Though Hvar inhabitants tend to celebrate Hvar’s majesty year-round, there is a special month dedicated to Hvar Town’s Day celebration – the month of October.
History & Culture
The Cathedral of Hvar is dedicated to St. Stephen I, Pope and Martyr, patron saint of the Diocese of Hvar and the City of Hvar. It is located on the central square in the town of Hvar, Sv. Stjepan (Pjaca). For centuries, the church of St. Benedictine was originally built and rebuilt. Mary of Lesna. Some say that it became the cathedral in the 13th century, when the bishop allegedly moved his seat from Stari Grad (where today is the Church of St. Stephen) in Hvar. It was destroyed during the construction of the Turkish invasion in 1571. The cathedral operator Antun Bartučević is very responsible for its construction.  Hanibal Lucic was one of the long-standing ordinances who took care of the money and supplies for the construction of the cathedral. Bishop Rajmund Asperti consecrated in 1703.
Franciscan monastery Hvar
An easy stroll from Hvar square, along the sea and the waterfront soon brings you to the Franciscan monastery. Within the peace and quiet of the monastery walls, you can enjoy a rich display of museum exhibits (collections of Greek, Roman and Venetian coins, liturgical items, atlas of the ancient cartographer Ptolemaeus, rare exhibits of amphora, etc.), as well as paintings of Venetian artists like Francesco Santacroce and Palma Junior. The monastery is known for its magnificent painting of the Last Supper (2 x 8 m) which leaves everyone breathless. Some critics believe it is the work of a painter from Ravenna Matteo Ingoli, whilst others think that the painting belongs to the school of Palma Junior. One more rarity that makes the monastery famous is the 300-year old cypress that is located in the garden of the monastery.
St. Mark’s Church
The church of St. Mark is a former church of the Dominican monastery. The monastery was founded in the 14th century. and was eliminated by French rule in the early 19th century. This church was for centuries the seat of the Great Council. Therefore, the families there had their altars and tombs. Today, you can find monuments and the archaeological collection dr. Grga Novak on the ruins of the church of stone.