World Heritage #1240 – Stari Grad Plain

Jul 13, 2006Croatia, Southern Europe, World Heritage Sites

This plain is plain in the sense of being remarkably anonymous. Still it has a long history of being cultivated.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

 

Official facts

Country: Croatia

Date of Inscription: 2008

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 1240:

“Stari Grad Plain on the Adriatic island of Hvar is a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly centring on grapes and olives, has been maintained since Greek times to the present. The site is also a natural reserve. The landscape features ancient stone walls and trims, or small stone shelters, and bears testimony to the ancient geometrical system of land division used by the ancient Greeks, the chora which has remained virtually intact over 24 centuries.”

 

My visit

I visited this site in 2006 but I must admit that the historical significance of this plain was not clear to me at the time. I do not have a picture of it, only of a road sign and we merely used to cross the plain in our car driving to and from the various towns and beaches in this northern part of the island of Hvar in Croatia.

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