The town of Hvar has been one of the cultural centres of Croatian Renaissance literature. Beside the remarkable buildings, a theatre and galleries to witness its rich cultural heritage, Hvar also boasts with many notable residents that have contributed to the cultural identity of this town.
Hvar Theatre - Founded back in 1612., the Hvar Theatre is considered to be the first public theatre in Europe. The Theatre is the main cultural and social symbol of Hvar.
Arsenal - Gallery of Modern Arts - The Gallery is placed in a lobby of the Hvar Theatre, in the monumental Arsenal building. The permanent exhibition of the Gallery presents the works by contemporary Croatian artists.
Franciscan Monastery & Museum - built in the 15th century as a haven for weary sailors. The building hosts the Museum which exhibits old coins, lace, nautical charts and some valuable documents. The magnificant Last Supper painting from the 16th century dominates the room
Bishop's Treasury - behind the tower and adjoining the Cathedral of St Stjepan, the building treasures old silver vessels, a 13th century icons and some carved sarcophagi.
Hvar Summer Events - The traditional Summer Events take place in Hvar during the summer months. Numerous artists, theatre troups and musicians from Croatia and abroad perform their arts in charming interiors of the Hvar Theatre and the Franciscan Monastery.
Hvar Theatre Days - If you find yourself in Hvar in May, don't miss the Hvar Theatre Days, a scientific and cultural manifestation with numerous plays and symposiums dedicated to Croatian literature and theatre. Most of events are held in a marvelous interior of the Theatre.
Art galleries - charming art galleries: HvarRoom, Aloha, Minimal, Orada, Made in Hvar, Sosa...
Following the Cross (Za Krizen) -
This traditional Procession takes place every Maundy Thursday continuosly for the last five centuries. This unique expression of the local religious identity recently has been enlisted into the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Slip into a good pair of walking shoes and join the locals in their worship ceremony.