The island of Prvić is a natural continuation of the island of Zlarin, which is evident from numerous underwater shallows, the reef Raženik, and the islet of Lupac. The island lies 1 n/m south-east of Vodice. An exception among other islands is that this island is not made of lime-stone, but of chalk dolomites. Picturesque bays and coves attract swimmers looking for the beauty of nature, isolation and peace.
The island is also known under the name "The Island of Faust" – the island of Faust Vrančić – the scientist, historian, linguist, philosopher, mathematician and physicist, who lived in the 17th century. He was born in Šibenik, but spent his childhood on this island. He died in Venice, and according to his wish, he was buried on the island in the Church of St. Mary of Grace in Prvić Luka. There are two typical Dalmatian fishermen's villages on the island: Prvić Luka and Prvić Šepurine, connected by 1-km- long road. It is important to emphasize that both settlements are protected by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia as cultural heritage.
Prvić was inhabited in the early Middle Ages. It was intensively inhabited in the 15th century when the inhabitants from the mainland escaped to the island because of the Turkish attacks – at what time Prvić was over-populated. Nowadays there are only about 400 inhabitants living in both settlements. The island is a peaceful oasis, and throughout the whole year it is connected with Šibenik and Vodice by regular boat lines.
The settlement of Prvić Luka is situated on the south-east shore of the island in a well protected bay of Luka. The Glagolitic friars settled here in the 15th century creating a strong centre of Slavonic liturgy. The building of the monastery and the Church of St. Mary began shortly after the arrival of friars. The monastery is still functioning and represents the place where numerous workshops are being held, as well as meetings of the Catholic youth. Accommodation is offered in the hotel "Maestral", private apartments and rooms.
The settlement of Prvić Šepurine is situated on the south-west side of the island. It was originally named Šipurine because of its brackish water, while it got its today's name in the 19th century. It is known after the old summer house of the Šibenik's noble family Draganić-Vrančić, whose member was also Faust himself. Even now the last members of this noble family live in the mentioned summer house.Ante Antić, the Holy Father, was also born in Prvić Šepurine. His family house is situated in the centre of the settlement. Accommodation is offered in the hotel "Maestral", and private rooms and apartments.
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