This village is especially attractive because of its hilltop position and the old stone houses which cascade around it. The central, most beautiful part of the village is the Church of St. Anthony the Abbot, the village’s patron saint. The church and churchyard are well worth a visit, partly for the surrounding majestic cypress trees which are over 400 years old, and partly for the uniquely magnificent views afforded over the neighbouring villages and the fields of vines ad olives.
The Church of St. Anthony the Abbot
The Vrisnik parish Church of St. Anthony the Abbot arose out of a dual church which was dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria as well as St. Anthony. The church was first mentioned in historical records in the 14th century. According to official documents, Vrisnik’s lay Brotherhood of St.
The ‘Za Križen’ Procession
Vrisnik is one of the six participating settlements which take part in the unique Procession known as ‘Za Križen’ (‘Following the Cross’). Everyone who loves historical traditions can appreciate this UNESCO-listed overnight pilgrimage, which has taken place on Maundy Thursday every year for some four or five centuries.
17th century cypresses
The avenue of cypress trees beside the Church of St. Anthony are over 400 years old.
The name derives from the Croatian word ‘vrijes’, meaning the aromatic plant ‘heather’, which grows abundantly on Hvar. The alluring scents and untouched nature around the village are a true balm for the soul.
This village is especially attractive because of its hilltop position and the old stone houses which cascade around it. The central, most beautiful part of the village is the Church.