At the distance of only 205 m from Novi Vinodolski lies a small island of San Marino.
In the past it was used as the fishing spot for tuna, but today there is only a Gothic church here, dedicated to St. Marin, after which the island got its name. This church was most probably built on the foundations of a bigger old Croatian church, the remains of which were found during archeological excavations. A stone fragment from the 3rd or 4th c., discovered on the island, bears an inscriptions mentioning Roman empress Helena.
Built in the middle of 15th century, here the bishop Christopher stayed when he and his clergy escaped from Modrusa away from the Turks, so Novi Vinodolski became the residence of Modrusa or Krbavska bishopric. It was the residence of all the Modrusa bishops.
It was restored by bishop Ivan K. Jezic in beginning of the 19th century.
Above the old part of Novi Vinodolski, on a plateau of a stone rock which steeply descends towards the sea, rises the 36 m high bell tower and a cathedral of saint Philip and Jacob.
Until 1909-1911 the old church used to have a belfry on the church roof, but at that time a new pulled down. On the site of present-day bell tower a votive church of SS Fabian and Sebastian was built in 1511. The legend says that it was built in only 24 hours as a vow to God to protect them from plague which raged in those parts several times.
It is not known when exactly the cathedrals was built.
The year 1520 is cut into outer western wall of the church. It is believed to be the year of reconstruction or extension of the church, because there are proofs that church existed in Novi Vinodolski at the time of passing of the Vinodol code.
The cathedral is built as a three-nave basilica.
Woodcarved choir satlls from the second half of the 17th c. preserved in the cathedral count among the most valuable woodcarved works, from the last period of the Frankopan rule.
It is not known when it was built, but from the Vinodol code it comes out that it belonged to the Frankopan family as early as 1288 and it preserved its original looks until 1761. After the execution of Franjo Krsto Frankopan and Petar Zrinski in wiener Neustadt in 1761, their properties were given or leased to other feudal lords. In 1685 Hungarian Chamber leased Novi out to baron Franjo Rigoni. In the record from the period the castle is described and the inventory listed. So, in the ground-floor there were wine cellars and stores, among them also the stores of the Paulist monks.
In the 1692 Hungarian Chamber sold all the coastal estates of Zrinski and Frankopan families to Austrian Chamber for 500,000 florins and thus they became their property. In 1794 Novi changes its masters again and came under the administration of so called Vienna Deputation, or more exactly "Banco-Gefôhlen Administration in Herzogthum Krain und Littorale Austriaticum" with the seat in Ljubljana. On 3rd August 1761 bank administration suggested to the deputation in Vienna to have two thirds of the Novi castle pulled down because of high maintenance costs and explaining that the remaining one third would be quite sufficient as castellan's lodgings.
So, today we can see only the remains of the castle, which being devastated and having lost most of the value of the original building, close the main square of Novi from the west. On the newly-laid stone slabs of the square the the lay-out of the round tower or "rondel", as it was known among local people, was drawn in.
The islet of "San Marino", coloquially called also "Islet of Love", is about 100 meters far from the mainland. There is a cute little chapel of Holy Trinity and St. Martin. Actually, the islet has homonymous name, Sveti Martin, but the locals pronounced it as San Marino.
We used to collect fragrant flowers of Lavanda here.
This is a birthplace and the home of Ban (Duke) Ivan Mazuranic, who also was a famous Croatian poet. It was the craddle of a pleiad of writers of the family Mazuranic.
I am proud to say that my late mother family name is Mazuranic and she was a part of that family too.
In the very centre of the town, right behind the Kvadrac, there are rests of the Francopans citadel. The counts of Frankopans, who were originally from Italy, had their seat at the island of Krk but also they ruled over the mediaveal Novi Vinodolski too.
The soul of the town is represented by the rests of the cultural heritage. Here once stood Frankopan citadel but only this stronghold left, called Kvadrac by the local. This is the place where the Vinodol Codex was composed in 1288, the first written codex in the history of the Croats.
Kvadrac is the emblem of Novi Vinodolski.
Most of the continental tourists look for the sandy-beaches when on vaccations. How wrong. Sandy-beach resort, when crowded, soon became dirty and the anoying send enters everywhere in you body and swimming costume.
Rocks, on the contrary, are another proof of clean and clear water and besides, it offers you the best possible sunning.
Most of the tourists from abroad avoid beach resorts if there are sea-urchins in the water, and that is very WRONG!
Let me teach you about, sea-urchins, as well as sea-gherkins, are the best possible proof that the sea-water is clean and clear.
There are many attractive beach resorts in Novi Vinodolski, from Camp Zagori on the northern side to Povile on the southern side of the town. The water is very clean, same as the coastline, and there are also many cafes and restaurants in the vicinity.
This on the picture is the beach resort situated in the port of Novi.
The parish church of Sts. Philip and Jacob was built in 14th century. The sanctuary of the church was annexed in 1520, and in the 17th century the church was redecorated in the Baroque style.
The main altar and stucco work on the vault were made by the Swiss masters, the brothers Clement and Giaccomo Somazzi. At the beginning of the 20th century a new front of the church was constructed, and where the chapel of St. Philip and James stood, a bell tower was erected.
A Renaissance sepulchral slab of the bishop Christopher from 1518 lies in front of the main altar and the altarpiece of Sts. Philip and James represent valuable works.
This is the place where I've learned to charish the God, I have atendend the church with my grandgrandmother, who died when I was 6 at the age of 94.
The cannonball that was found during the restoration of the house. It is believed it was fired from the ship during the Turkish invasion.
Besides many narrow streets there is a wide promenade with benches, trees, fountains, cafes and restaurants where you can relax a bit or have a meal.