Croatia’s Adriatic coast has over 700 islands, and one of the most accessible is Lokrum Island, just minutes offshore from Dubrovnik. The Monkey ferried his way there in 2002.
In this view from the Dubrovnik city walls, the offshore island of Lokrum is clearly visible. Just a short boat ride away, Lokrum is a Croatian national park. The Monkey hopped a ferry out of Dubrovnik’s harbor and spent a few hours wandering around Lokrum.
The Monkey met some peacocks by a small pond on Lokrum. Despite his best attempts in Serbo-Croat and Peacock, the Monkey was unable to convince the birds to open their plumes for this photo.
One cultural result of proximity to the Italian peninsula was that Croatia’s lands fell on the western side in the Roman Empire’s 3rd Century split. This meant that Roman Catholicism, rather than Eastern Orthodoxy, took root in Croatia. This was reinforced when Croatia remained on the Catholic side of the church’s Great Schism of 1054, while the other Slavic people of the Balkans fell on Orthodox Byzantium’s side of the divide.
On Lokrum, the Monkey explored the ruins of a Benedictine monastery dating from 1023 and abandoned in 1798. After Lokrum, the Monkey headed for some other islands along the Croatian Adriatic coast.
The Monkey enjoys another fantastic sunny day in Dubrovnik and a stellar view from Dubrovnik’s sea walls out toward Lokrum.
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