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Krapanj is the smallest and the most populated island in the region of Šibenik, with the surface of 0,36 km2. This is the island with the lowest height above sea-level in the Adriatic Sea, with the average height of 1.5 m. It is called the island of sponges because the sponge processing has been a traditional occupation of its inhabitants since the 18th century.

It is only 400 m away from the neighbouring mainland where the settlement of Brodarica lies. Krapanj is a harmonius and valuable natural and urbanistic whole, so that a greater part of the settlement is under special protection of the state. The written history of Krapanj began in the 15th century, when Jurić, a nobleman from Šibenik, bought the uninhabited island from the Church and gave it to the Franciscans from Bosnia.

The Franciscans immediately began to build their monastery and church. Ten years later the Franciscans were replaced by the friars of the Province of St. Jerome, and they still live here. The exhibits of great cultural value are being kept in the monastery and they are under the state protection. The most valuable paintings in the collection are The Last Supper by the Italian painter Francesco da Santacroce dating from the middle of the 16th century, and The Byzantine Madonna on the Throne, painted under the influence of the Renaissance art.

Within the monastery halls there is a special museum housing the collections of sponges, corals, amphorae and antique pottery. Accommodation is available in the hotel "Spongiola" or in private rooms and apartments. The island is daily connected with the mainland by regular boat lines with Brodarica as a starting port; the journey lasts for about 5 minutes.

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