Finally, I am getting around to posting the last of the Croatia pictures....the final day was spent at Lokrum Island.
Also known as the island of kings, Lokrum has its first writing mention in 1023 as the site of a Benedictine abbey and monastery. According to legend, Richard the Lion-heart shipwrecked in 1192 after returning home from the crusades and found himself cast ashore, safe on Lokrum. Here he pledged to build a church on the island, indebted for the salvation, but at the plea of Dubrovnik citizens, the church was not built on Lokrum but in Dubrovnik itself.
Centuries later, with the rule of the Maximilian Ferdinand of Hapsburg, he built a mansion on the island in 1859 with magnificent gardens. Today, it is the site of the Dubrovnik Botanical Gardens.
The abandoned monastery and mansion.
Buddy enjoys a break from hiking.
Views of Dubrovnik from Lokrum Island.
The fort on Lokrum Island....site of the sprained ankle.
Swimming and hiking on Lokrum Island.