3 landmarks revealing the deep history of Malinska, Krk island

Dubašnica is of special importance to the Glagolitic tradition of Krk island due to the local activity of Glagolitic priests. Sacral buildings make for a majority of the cultural and historical heritage, and some of them are located in Malinska and Dubašnica.

1. Archeological site Cickini with the remains of a pseudobasilica dating from the 6th century.

This is also the site of a Roman settlement from the 1st and 2nd centuries and a church built in the 6th century. The church is a single-nave, Latin cross building. Another finding is a vestibule and a baptistery with a baptismal fond, which is important evidence for the spreading of Christianity to the island of Krk. It is assumed that the church was dedicated to Saint Cyprian. It was abandoned in the Early Middle Ages, even though there are traces of a subsequent short-term revival. In the village of Sv. Vid – Miholjice near Malinska there is a small museum exhibiting all the stone ornamentation and other decorative materials found during the exploration of this early Christian church complex.

2. The remains of the Church of St. Apollinaris and the new Parish Church of St. Apollinaris

Near the village Bogovići, which is still the site of an old graveyard and a bell tower, there was an old parish church dedicated to St. Apollinaris. It was built in the 12th century, and restored and enlarged in the 15th century, when it became a parish church. In the 19th century, on the site of the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a new parish church with a bell tower was constructed, also dedicated to St. Apollinaris. The high altar from the former parish church was moved there, as well as the marble altar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, previously housed in the chapel. The early Christian martyr St. Apollinaris was proclaimed the heavenly patron of Malinska-Dubašnica Municipality.

3. Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene

The Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene in Porat, Dubašnica Parish, on the island of Krk, was founded in 1480. The existing monastery and a small church were built in the first half of the 16th century. A separate museum has been furnished in a former cellar and a toš (olive grinding room), where artistic items and tools belonging to the church and monastery are kept. In the course of its history, the Third Order of Saint Francis, had many priests coming from the Dubašnica Parish, where this monastery is located. 

Be sure to include these three sites when visiting and touring Krk and feel the power of the long history of this island. Exploring and getting to know our destinations is precisely what makes the travel experience fun and worthwhile, don’t you think?