Kvarner newsletter / no 8

The islet of Košljun – a treasury of culture

When on Kvarner, try not to miss visiting the small island of Košljun, renowned for its Franciscan monastery, museum with ethnographic collection and library with as many as 30 thousand valuable books.

The small island of Košljun, located only 750 metres from the holiday resort of Punat on the island of Krk, to which it is connected by excursion and taxi boats, is a very popular destination among visitors interested in cultural heritage. The Franciscan monastery on Košljun, protected as a cultural monument, is a treasury of valuables collected and kept by the Franciscans. When on Košljun, do not miss to visit its museum with ethnographic collection, which includes many items that were used by local fishermen, as well as traditional folk costumes from all over the island of Krk. The zoological collection includes many shells and unique animal specimens. The library contains ca. 30,000 books, among them a Ptolemy’s atlas printed in Venice in 1511 – one of the three still preserved today. There are also three churches on the islet.
The visit to Košljun should take you ca. two hours. The coffee break is not included, since there are no cafés or restaurants there – but this shall by no means make your visit to this islet of culture less interesting or beautiful.