Kvarner newsletter / no 11

Back to the time of knights, Glagolitic priests and jesters

In honour of St. Stephen, the patron saint of the Great Town Gate, from the 26th to the 31st of December, the town of Krk will host the Festival of knights, Glagolitic priests and court jesters. However, the end of the festival does not mean the end of the celebrations, which will continue as the New Year's Eve party with loads of dancing, wine and toasts!

In the town of Krk, the centre of the island of the same name – which is connected to the mainland with a bridge – history is interwoven with the present. An evidence of that is the event entitled The Festival of knights, Glagolitic priests, court jesters and comedians. Since the times of the dukes of Krk, the Frankopan family, the town loggia on the main town square, Velika placa, was used for interrogations, making decisions, and delivering judgements. Each of the four town gates had its patron saint, and the patron of the Great Town Gate is St. Stephen, to whom a chapel in the south-east corner of the today's square was dedicated. This Festival is organised in his honour. In the period form the 27th to the 31st of December, knight duels will take place each full hour from 10 a.m. onwards.
Every day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. there will be an interesting event, entitled Stories from the time machine, with legends and stories about knights, the dukes of Krk, the dragons and other events from the ancient history of the old town of Krk.
The world of stories and legends will continue as the New Year's Eve party starting at 9 p.m. The programme will include mediaeval dance and a toast with the mayor of Krk.