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The history of Sv. Sime (St. Simeon) church begins sometime in 5th century for its first patron of that time was St. Stephen and the building was originally three nave basilica. In 1632 the patron changed - Stephen was 'replaced' by st. Sime, whose remains are saved within the church. It was going through numerous reconstructions through its long history, at some points using constriction material of the Roman remains.
Its northern wall got portals and thee windows in Gothic style in 14th century, inside frescoes were recently discovered from the same period.

The highlight of this place is however the silver and golden gilded, reliefed sarcophagus with relics of the patron, which is considered masterpiece of the Middle Ages art - from 1380.

You're not allowed to take photos inside but short stay inside will reveal its rich history, importance in regional context and some morbid remains in form of the sepulchres under the pavement by the side, inside the church - watch for the obvious sites with names of whom is buried under and the date of death.


Monday - Friday: 8.30 - 12 am and also 5 pm - 7 pm during high(er) season (1. May till 31. October).
Saturdays: 8.30 - 12 am

Mass is on Sundays (and holidays) at 8.30 and 10 am during which you're not allowed to enter for tourism purposes. Note that you can be chased away in rather rude form if you don't hide your camera, dress inapporpriately or speak too loud - and if you enter church for sightseeing during the service. It's not worth to risk.

Directions: in the centre

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  • Updated Jan 27, 2011
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