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Lokrum is a green island, covered by productive land and abundant flora. Besides this, the whole island is made of dense layers of sedimentary stone – dolomite and limestone.

The sedimentary stones hide a remarkable geological story millions of years old – they used to be a piece of the Adriatic-Dinaridic carbonate platform. This platform’s still make up the karst region in Croatia, from Karlovac to Istria, the Croatian Littoral and Dalmatia, even though its most significant part has faded under the Adriatic Sea.

Valuable assets at the Dubrovnik Museum indicate that Lokrum was populated since prehistoric times. Individual documents state Benedictine monks settled Lokrum around 915 A.D.

THE MONASTERY COMPLEX was introduced as the first of many Benedictine monasteries in the Dubrovnik Republic in 1023. The whole island was controlled by the monastery, while the abbey also served as an almshouse and hospital until the mid-15th century.
The Roman Curia allowed the miter in 1149 to the Lokrum Abbot and always since then the monastery’s abbots are considered the first prelates of the Dubrovnik Church, after the archbishop.

The arrival and the departure to and from the island are organized from the Dubrovnik old Town harbour, where you can check the sailing timetable.
Hence it is forbidden to endanger in any way the cultural and natural assets on the island, as well as to throw the garbage, bring dogs or light the fire or smoke. Also, it is not allowed to stay on the island overnight.

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