Located only a 10-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik's Old Harbour, this lush island is a beautiful, forested heaven on earth rich in cultural and historical heritage as well as mesmerising landscapes. But there is also a bit of a spooky legend related to this island which is why it is considered cursed. A long, long time ago, around 1023 a huge fire broke out in Dubrovnik. The people prayed to Saint Benedict, vowing to build a monastery in his name if he spared the city. The fire was soon extinguished, and the people build a Benedictine monastery and a church on Lokrum, which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. So, Benedictine monks found their new home there, but unfortunately not for long. The French army general said that the monastery had to be closed and that the monks must leave because he wanted to start the construction of a fort on Lokrum due to the strategic importance of the island. The monks tried to prevent this, but they failed. After the last mass on the island, the monks donned their hooded cloaks and walked around Lokrum in a long, single-file procession. Symbolically, they turned their lighted candles upside-down towards the earth, so that the flame licked the wax, which left a melted trail. They walked around the island the entire night pronouncing the words: "Whosoever claims Lokrum for his own personal pleasure shall be damned!" continuously.