An archaeological gem

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The entire town of Osor is an open air museum known for its festival Osor Musical Evenings which takes place from July to August offering up the best classical music artists from around Croatia.

Even if not attending a musical performance you can easily spend a few hours wandering the stone streets and having a seafood meal at one of the taverns.

The town has had a sourded past with the first settlements dating to prehistory. Because of its strategic position, Osor was ruled by the Romans and after the fall of the Roman Empire, it became part of the Byzantine Empire. In 840 it was burned down by Saracens and then in the 10th century came under Croatian rule. The 14th century saw it taken over by the Republic of Venice. While in the 19th century it came under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and after WWI part of the Kingdom of Italy.

Hence, you’ll find some archaeological gems and a mish-mash of architecture.

On the town square and housed in the 15th-century Town Hall with its roofed Loggia, is the Osor Archaeological Collection with art and fragments from the Roman and early Middle Ages.

Built of honey-coloured stone is the Church of the Assumption which houses a collection of relics inside the altar from St Gaudentius, Osor’s patron saint.  Across the square, take a peek into the richly decorated interior of the Bishop’s Palace, the exterior of which has the emblem of the bishops and local nobility.

Throughout the town there are numerous modern sculptures with a musical theme in honour of the Musical Evenings by Croatian artists including Ivan Mestrovic.

At A Glance

Parochial Church of Saint Mary
Osor 51554

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