The stormy past and different historical periods have all left their traces here, in the numerous buildings of great value which are carefully looked after. The alternation of rulers and powers also produced different architectural vestiges.

The oldest part of the town, Kaldanac, is situated on the southeastern tip of the peninsula. This is a district of narrow, irregularly laid out streets, with several churches. The more recent part of the town lies to the northwest. Its salient feature are three parallel streets intersected by several transversal alleys.

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The first walls and towers were built during the reign of emperor Octavian Augustus (30 B.C. - 14 A.D.) and surround­ed the southeastern part of the town. They were destroyed by the Slavs, but were subsequently reconstructed and extended, first in the 8th and then in the 12th and 13 th centuries. Their present-day appearance dates from the latter period.

Few remains of the Roman have been preserved on the island. These include mainly fragments of monuments built into the walls of medieval houses and churches; one of the most outstanding is the marble bearded head of Janus, the Roman god, built into the northwestern fasade of the Dominis-Nimira Palace.


When we leave Varoš and enter the main, Ivo Lola Ribar Street, we shall come across one of the most beautiful medieval constructions in Rab - the Dominis-Nimira Palace. It was built in the 15th century in the Renaissance style with some Venetian Gothic features. Its most outstanding parts are the windows, laid out asymmetrically but beautifully worked, and the doorway with the escutcheon of the Dominis family. Mar­cus Antonius de Dominis (Markantun Dominis), well-known writer of ecclesiastical treatises and physicist, was born here in 1560.

The Duke's Palace is another of Rab's most outstanding monuments. This is, in fact, a complex of several palaces built in different times, dominated by the high rectangular tower, with beautiful Venetian Gothic and Renaissance windows. The con­struction of the palace started as early as the 13th century, but its most characteristic parts date from the 15th and 16th cen­turies.


Galerija slika parka Komrčar Several magnificent pine groves were developed on the island thanks to the efforts of the late Pravdoje Belia, forestry superintendent; among these, particular mention should be made of the forests on the peninsula of Frkanj and in the town park of Komrčar. About 80 years ago the area of Komrcar was an ordinary pasture. Today, this is one of the most beautiful parks on the Adriatic coast, where Italian and Austrian pines, cypresses, ash-trees, holmoaks, junipers, evergreen bushes, hoary agaves and prickly pears compete for the attention of numerous strollers - locals and tourists alike.

In order to express their appreciation and gratitude the people of Rab erected a modest monument to their former forestry superintendent by the en­trance into the park of Komrčar

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One of Rab's most important monuments is the 12th century Church of Sv. Marija (St. Mary). The church, formerly the cathedral of Rab and now the parish church, was built in Romanesque style as an aisled basilica with three apses.

The simple architecture of the interior is very attractive, and so is the walnut choir (1445), the work of Dalmatian masters, in the late Gothic style with some Renaissance features. Also remarkable are the characteristic ciborium, the chapels of the Holy Cross, the Holy Sacrament and St. Peter, and some valuable paintings.

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