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  Kastel - Komiza, Croatia
by KristaB

The fortress Kastel is the most significant landmark in Komiza. Stabile and chubby, with huge stone carved rings for boat ropes - back then when it was built, the sea level was higher. Or the island was lower, I don’t know.

By the end of 19th century, a small tower with the clock was added to Kastel. It tells time, but is a special way.
Now listen carefully:

1 beat for 1st quarter of the hour, 2 beats for half an hour, 3 beats for ¾ of the hour and 4 at the full hour, then a very short break and as many beats as PREVIOUS hour had (so at 11 it will beat 10 times) and then you know that it’s actually 11, but just in case you were distracted, now concentrate and stop chatting and count - five minutes later it will beat 11 times!
Beats me!!!

Kastel has been through a lot. It was a salt storage, the court, municipal seat, and today it hosts an interesting exhibition of fishermen’s tools, old boats and documents. And that’s just fine because it was built from fishermen’s contributions in 1592. Serenissima (Venetians) started building it, but couldn’t finish.

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2005
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