Petar Dorcic, a local priest, discovered the stone in the floor of the early romanesque church of St Lucija in Jurandvor near Baska on the island of Krk, in 1851.
The preserved text was sufficiently long to make it a valuable source of information concerning the development of glagoljica lettering, as well as the croatian language. It confirms the existence of Croatia from the early days, mentions King Zvonimir and shows the northern borders of his domain on the island of Krk.
The text was partly deciphered in 1865, but only fully understood in 1875. Initially it was assumed that it bore some secret message, but subsequently it became clear that it describes a gift from King Zvonimir to the church of St Lucija. Amongst other things, the text lists witnesses at the gift presentation, as well as the year when the church was built. The stone slab itself reportedly dates from the year 1100.
This historic relic remained in the spot where it was found until 1934, when it was handed over to the Academy of Art and Science in Zagreb for safekeeping. In it`s original place in the church of St Lucija in Jurandvor a convincing replica was erected.
Small imitations of the slab are offered in many shops to the tourists as souvenirs.
I think this is a lovely town for a breaking week out of work, out of mad cities. The tourists are from all ages: Group of friends, engaged couple looking for romantic sunsets and also parents with children searching quiet and natural landscapes.
Fondest memory: When you arrive in Baska you're surprised of how little is the town and how long is her beach; almost 4 Kms of white sand and the cleanest water of all Adriatic Sea. The fresh sea breeze regenerate your body and especially your mind.
Favorite thing: Another view from another part of the Baška beach - a close up. You can see the naked rocky hills of the Krk island in the back.
Favorite thing: The famous beach of Baška, stretching out all along the coastline of the town, and further, with crystal clear water, but always windy and with waves, due to exposure to the open sea.