BELI - CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE

Present-day appearance of Beli is characterized by dense net of streets of medieval ground-plan. Irregular and thick urban tissue in the lines of two-storey houses opens on the highest peak of the small hill with public cistern in the centre and with sacral objects placed aside. There is a Romanesque bell-tower and parochial church of St. Mary with added lodge and Mary’s chapel, and everywhere around there are lots of little streets, often vaulted, and courtyards with old cisterns. Pricrekva square, with stone seats all around, is the centre of Beli, where public and social life goes on.

Beli - ambiance Beli - ambiance
Beli - ambiance
Beli - door and window detail Beli - door and window detail
Beli - door and window detail

The final form of the settlement is historically defined by added series of houses following the line of former town walls in 18th and 19th ct. Among residential objects a few more ambitious exemplars of folk architecture stand out, like the house on the square with exterior staircase and porch, and with roofed over terrace. One of the presses for olives is also preserved.

Church of St. Mary
Church of St. Mary
Lodge by the church
Lodge by the church

Parochial church of Blessed Virgin Mary’s Birth with Romanesque bell-tower and preserved medieval substruction, was reconstructed and had annexes built in 18th and 19th ct. Fragments of preromanesque plastic art are immured in the church lodge - intertwining decoration from 19th-20th ct. A statue of St. Anthony, carved in olive wood, can be found inside the church, and also two sepulchral slabs bearing engraved Glagolitic inscriptions - one belonging to a clerk with engraved year 1639., and the other belonging to a ploughman, with his tools engraved: reaping-hook, plough and shears for shearing sheep wool.

St. Mary's chapel
St. Mary's chapel

A little Romanesque church of St. Mary keeps in its vestry a precious medieval church collection - copper procession crucifixes belonging to 13th and 14th ct.

There are also several Glagolitic inscriptions in Beli. The most important is the one belonging to the 16th ct., telling about pope Julius who gave some privileges to Martin Šubar and Jakov Škotić, who were administrators of church estate and governors of brotherhood of St. Sebastian and St. Fabian, and also to all other brothers.

Gothic, conically vaulted church of St. Anthony from the beginning of the 15th ct. is sizuated at the cemetery.

Church of St. Antony A church detail
Church of St. Antony
A church detail

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