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Let yourself go! Dive into our world and feel the sun gently caress you, feel the rock trembling while the wave salutes it, see how pine trees catch the wind as it hides in their tops

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LISTEN

Let yourself go! Let the song of the seagulls wake you, let the chirping of the birds put a smile on your face, let the crickets in the shade of pine trees put you to sleep, let the sounds of jazz make you dance, let the church bells calm you

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LOŠINJ – YOUR ISLAND OASIS

Where the stars look beautiful like nowhere else, where you breathe with your full lungs, where waves of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia intertwine, and where the last North Adriatic school of dolphins swim happily – that’s where the Lošinj Archipelago is located. This is a magical place that will seduce you with all its attributes - scents, tastes, sounds and preserved natural beauties.

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LISTEN

Let yourself go! Let the song of the seagulls wake you, let the chirping of the birds put a smile on your face, let the crickets in the shade of pine trees put you to sleep, let the sounds of jazz make you dance, let the church bells calm you

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TOUCH

Let yourself go! Dive into our world and feel the sun gently caress you, feel the rock trembling while the wave salutes it, see how pine trees catch the wind as it hides in their tops

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Unije | Attractions

Roman necropolis - Polje
Unijsko Polje was cultivated during the Roman times, and it is assumed that the smaller settlement was located in the vicinity which is suggested by the finding of the remains of a Roman tomb - necropolis.
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Roman road – from the Maračuol bay to the Podkujni bay
The entire west coast of Unije is very indented, and the bays of Maračuol and Podkujni are especially marked, because they are narrow and relatively deep, suitable for anchorage and protection from storms. In the Roman period the bays were connected by road, whose remains can be seen even today.
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Prehistoric hillforts - Turan, Malanderski and Kaštel hillforts
The Bronze Age hillforts of Turan, Malanderski and Kaštel are bearing witness of the prehistoric population of the island. Prehistoric hillforts were places of temporary or permanent residence, and their primary function was defensive and control of the passes in this part of the coast. They are situated on the highest peaks of the island. Turan hillfort (128 m) dominates the southern part of the island with the visibility of all four sides of...
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Roman „Villa Rustica” - Mirišće bay, 1st-4th century AD
In Roman times, the entire island was a large olive grove or vineyard. Traces of life in the Roman period are documented by numerous archaeological finds. The remains of walls of a residential-economic villa (villa rustica) with appropriate anchorage, dated between 1st and 4th century AD, were found in the Mirišće bay.
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Unijsko Polje ("Unije Field")
Even in Roman times Unije were known as a rich granary. Wine and olive oil from this island were admired even in the Venetian Republic. The most fertile part of the island is the Polje (Field), plain that rises only 10 meters above the sea level, and is consisted of thick layers of loess. The owners of the Unijsko Polje for centuries were gentry from Osor, and during the 18th and 19th century the ownership passed into the hands of the Lošinj...
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Vnetak lighthouse, 1873
Vnetak lighthouse was constructed on the homonymous cape in the location where in the early fall blue fish is gathering in such numbers that “the sea boils” of small pelagic fish, among which a hungry big tuna sometimes runs into. Such a huge tuna, according to local story, was fatal for the foreman who was involved in the construction of the lighthouse because it dragged him along with the boat to the open sea where he was lost without a trace.
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St. Andrew's parish church, end of the 18th century, upgraded in 1911
The church was built in the late 18th century and decorated in the late Baroque style. An altarpiece dedicated to Mother of God of Carmel is placed on the main marble altar. The church has an unusual three-sided chorus, i.e. the balcony that on three sides surrounds the church nave.
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Two olive mills
Although they lived on a remote, open-sea island, the residents of Unije at the time of the greatest town prosperity at the beginning of the 20th century were indeed “in touch” with the then socio-political events which resulted in tensions between the Italian and Croatian cultural circle. So, in 1913 on Unije existed school in Croatian and school in Italian language, there were two trade-economic associations (the Croatian was founded in 1900),...
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Ouroboros – Zagromaču area
A stone block e with a chiselled image of ouroboros, i.e. a serpent swallowing it own tail, was accidentally found ten years ago in a base of a dry stone wall which are numerous on the island. Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of the renewal of life, and cyclicality of everything in nature. When this relief was created and to which culture it belongs is not known.
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Bizantyne „Sentries“
In the period from the 6th to the 8th century the island of Unije was included in the protective-communication system of the Byzantine limes. Two observation posts presumably existed on the island, on the toponyms of Straža (“Sentry”), which supervised the maritime routes. Although the maritime traffic in the sea around the island was very intensive, it is possible to notice a lack of material remains from that period, all of which points to the...
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Economic association and Croatian library, beginning of the 20th century
Economic association was founded on August 19th 1900 and consisted of 62 shareholders including Ambroz Haračić, famous professor and scientist from Lošinj who also had estates in the Unijsko Polje. The association owned a shop on the ground floor, where today post office is situated. The Croatian library, founded in 1897, was in function on the floor above. One of the founders of the Croatian library and first in the list of shareholders of the...
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Antique shipwreck – underwater of the Školjić islet
The waters around the island of Unije from time immemorial represented a confluence of maritime routes which led from Istra to Dalmatia, and deeper into the Kvarner bay. Considering that various rocks and reefs are scattered around the island it is not surprising that many ships got damaged and sank. The remains of one such shipwreck can be seen at the entrance to the Unije port.
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Bell tower, 1857
The bell tower of the St. Andrew's parish church was built following the model of the parish church in Mali Lošinj, but it is slender in proportions.
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Graveyard and St. Andrew's church
The oldest church on the island was built at the very beginning of the Unijsko Polje and near the two ponds of which the smaller was used by people while the larger was used for livestock. There is a legend about the origin of church associated with pirates, or Kursari as they say on Unije. Pirates often broke into the village and took grain, oxen, etc. from villagers, so people fled and hid in order no to be kidnapped. But, one night the village...
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Kamenica (stone vessel for storing olive oil) with an engraved glagolitic inscription - Nikolić-Agatić house, number 194, Unije, 1654
In the cellar of the Nikolić-Agatić house a kamenica is kept, i.e. a large stone vessel for storing olive oil of semicircular shape with a flat "back" capacity of 130 litres. It was carved in 1654 by the wish of priest Matija Brnić as evidenced by the engraved Glagolitic inscription. The house stands out in size, so the residents of Unije call it "palac" (the palace), and according to legend it was built by money that the pirates hijacked from...
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Fish processing factory, Maračuol bay
Mostly pelagic fish was caught in waters around Unije - anchovies and needle fish in the bays on the north-western side of the Unije, from Lokunji cape to Vnetak cape, and pickerel around Arbit cape. In 1911 fishermen from Unije owned two trawl-nets and 80 standing nets, and in 1951 one seine net and 50 standing nets. After the Second World War fishing gradually weakened. The company "Arrigoni" from Trieste founded a fish processing factory on...
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Folk architecture of Unije
The settlement was founded on the west part of the island, protected from storms. Dense amphitheatrical settlement structure still stands before us, almost intact, composed of the houses that are typical of residential architecture of Mali and Veli Lošinj of the 19th century, but also, of some smaller villages on the island (Ćunski, Sv. Jakov, Nerezine). These houses were built in a "broad gable” style. Unlike other island folk architecture, in...
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