The town of Jelsa is rich in numerous cultural and historical monuments like the Church-Fort of St Mary’s dating from 1331.
The original early Gothic church was extended and fortified by the defence wall for the danger imposed by the Turks. Until 2000, the church bore the name of St Fabian and Sebastian when it returned its old name, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Today it has four chapels: two larger from the 17th century and two smaller from the 19th century. The Lapidarium located between the church-fort, the bell tower and the defence wall, exhibits about twenty stone pieces dating from the Classical antiquity and Middle Ages in Jelsa. On the Hrvatski Narodni Preporod Square (Pjaca), there is a freshwater source called Slatina that has been used by the commune from the Antiquity. St John’s Square is the most beautiful Baroque square decorated by the octagonal church from the 17th century that is surrounded by the streets and houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries and ornated by Renaissance gable windows and balconies.
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