Lopud

Lopud

Legend of Lopud

Above the Šunj bay stands Our Lady of Šunj Church, which dates back to the 15th century.

 

Above the Šunj bay stands Our Lady of Šunj Church, which dates back to the 15th century. The main altar features the 12 Apostles and the Virgin Mary in life-size. According to legend, Miho Pracat brought them back from Westminster during the Catholic/Protestant conflicts in England. The legend tells Otton Visconti, a nobleman from Milan, built them in the 12th century. Visconti’s ship encountered stormy weather on his return from the Crusades. The Italian nobleman vowed to erect a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary wherever he arrives safe and sound. He fulfilled his vow evidenced by the coat of arms in the church. Its valuable baptistery from the 16th century is made completely out of white marble.