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Sacral objects

Sacral objects
Sacral objects
Sacral objects
Sacral objects
Sacral objects
Sacral objects

Sacral objects

There are two churches in the place of Lopar.

The main is the parish church of St. John the Baptist, the patron of Lopar. The church is located in the center, always open to its parishioners and their guests. Through summer, the Masses are kept in foreign languages and there are also organized church choir concerts, klapa concerts (male or female choir which cultivates traditional songs and Dalmatian melodies) or classical music concerts.     

The annual Lopar parish feast day is known as Ivanja – the feast of St John. The parish celebration is held on 24 June every year and the locals mark the day by making lavender bundles (so-called “bubice”), which they bring to the church on this feast day.

A much older church is the venue where the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated is the votive church of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the “Little Lady”, as people traditionally refer to her), mentioned as early as the 14th century in the municipal documents, is located on a hill in the pine forest, in the vicinity of the ferry port, and is frequented by both tourists and pilgrims. The altar features a wooden 14th-century late-Romanesque period relief representation of St. Anne (the mother of Mary) holding the baby Mary (the “Little Lady”), as well as votive offerings – model ships and women’s scarves. The main festivity is celebrated on 8th September, when believers from the entire island and many tourists celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The remains of St Nicholas’ Church in Sorinj, built by sailors, are still visible, as are the remains of St Rocco’s Church in the very heart of the Lopar Valley and the remains of a building on Lukovac islet. 

St Nicholas’ Church is located on the northern side of Cape Sorinj. The location itself is very significant – the cape is subject to the harsh bura wind which comes from the direction of Senj and is dangerous for sailors. So to protect them, the locals built the votive church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. The church has one nave and a semi-circular apse facing north-east, and was built in the late Middle Ages. The restoration of the church to its original function is one of the priorities of the Lopar municipality, so that the faithful can continue their centuries-old devotion to St Nicholas. 

The small chapel of St Rocco is located in the Lopar Valley, south of the main road. The walls of the chapel are made of roughly worked limestone and Rab sandstone. St Rocco is the saint called upon for help against the plague and other contagious diseases, as well as leg, arm and skin diseases. Since the island of Rab was devastated by the plague several times during its history, the chapel of St Rocco was built in the middle of the Lopar Valley.