|Stari Grad, one of the oldest settlements in Europe, sits on a beautiful bay in the northwest corner of Hvar -- “queen” of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands. Fields surrounding this ancient town were first laid out by Greek colonists in the 4th Century B.C. In the thousands of years since, it has been known by different names depending on which power controlled it. Slavs and Croats began arriving during the 6th and 7th centuries. Numerous monuments recall the town’s turbulent history. Stari Grad today is a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with white stone houses.|
We will walk to the castle of the nobleman poet Petar Hektorovic, the Dominican monastery (1482) with its famous painting “The Mourning of Christ” attributed to Tintoretto, and the lovely little Stari Grad Museum presenting naval artifacts, an archaeological collection, an ethnographic collection, and art of renowned local painters.
At the conclusion of the field trip, we return to the Barbara for a special musical event.
Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms of expression is singing. The group Faroski Kantaduri (Faros Cantors) performs a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic song blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, “from the tavern to the altar.” The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.