Sights

Early Christian basilica

The basilica is 17 m long and 6.75 m wide, and has an east-west orientation. It was constructed in untreated stone with plaster. It had a semi-circular apse, and it is strengthened with counterforts on the outside. On the inside, there was a painted stone bench against the wall. The altar was fenced with thin marble slabs, inserted into slots of slender stone columns, which are only preserved in fragments. Between the stone remains of the entrance door, a shallow relief with a triangular end was found, which is kept in the Archaeological Museum in Zadar. Window fragments have also been found – marble grilles which form a chessboard. This type of construction suggests that this basilica dates back to the 6th century. It is interesting that the entrance was set laterally and approached from the narthex, a six-column porch lobby. Its western corner featured a stone grave. From the southern side of the basilica there were four rooms, of which the central ones were in direct ritual function, while the lateral ones contained sarcophagi and graves. The remains of the basilica were preserved from 1978 to 1981.

The church of St. Luke

St. Luke, constructed in the 11th century by the old trail connecting the two largest settlements of the island of Lastovo, the town of Lastovo and Ubli, is the oldest church on the island. It was restored and decorated in 1954, and is also the oldest church on the island in which church rituals are still performed.

The little church has all the characteristics of pre-Romanesque sacral buildings and as such, it represents a significant monument of cultural heritage. The feast is celebrated on October 18, when a mass is also held. With a long walk along the old paths, which are now revived, you can visit all of the old churches of Lastovo’s fields and settlements.

Klačine

Klačine can be found in several places on the island of Lastovo; the most attractive ones are the ones on an old forest road to Zaklopatica. The people of Lastovo used klačine to produce lime and built them near a settlement or building for which they were intended. On the outer and inner sides, a klačina was lined with stone so that half of the building is in the soil, and the other half in the shape of a dome is above the ground. On the front, there was a door, through which fire was stoked. By using high temperatures, the dome-like stone would melt and the dome would collapse. By mixing with water, slaked lime was produced, which was used for building houses, walls, etc. Stone, sand and klak were the only building materials available for construction.

Lučica

Lučica is the last preserved example of a Baroque fishing village in this area of Dalmatia, where fishing has always been an important source of food and income for the local population. From the beginning of the 17th century, the people of Lastovo built stone fisherman’s houses in this narrow bay. The houses served as protection from the storm, to keep fishing gear, salt fish and boat stretching. Lučica is an important cultural and historical unit from the Middle Ages, and is easily reached from the village of Lastovo by a pleasant 10-minute walk through one of the rare examples of pure evergreen forest and evergreen oak with myrtle.