The Old Town
The old town of Novi and its narrow streets steeped in history reflect
the permanence and connectedness of people’s lives. Take a journey through time:
passing through the Small Gate, one of the entrances to the Old Town with its
sturdy stone houses, along a network of winding alleys leading to the Parish
Church of St Philip and James. This is the former cathedral church of the
Modruš or Krbava Diocese (1493-1969), characterised by its richly decorated
interior and distinctive white bell tower – a well-known townscape as seen on
numerous picture postcards.
On the square opposite the church is the
bishop’s residence. It was built in the mid-15th century and
renovated in the 18th by Bishop Ivan Krstitelj Ježić. In the past,
the building was the residence of every bishop of Modruš or Krbava. Its Baroque
facade is divided into horizontal and vertical fields with shallow palmette
ornaments and it has a sundial. Before you continue your journey, stop for a
moment and enjoy the beautiful view of Marina Novi and the coast.
Losing yourself in the narrow stone streets,
you will come across Uglić, the narrowest street in Novi Vinodolski. It is only
30 metres long and 90 centimetres wide. We are sure that you will also enjoy
the abundance of colours on the old town centre doors.
There is also the Church of the Holy Trinity (Svete
Trojice) with its valuable sacred collection, then the Frankopan castle with
its Kvadrac tower – the place where the Law Code of Vinodol Law was issued, one
of Croatia’s most important cultural monuments and also a major mediaeval
European document – as well as many smaller chapels and other important
a walk through the picturesque narrow streets of the Old Town and explore the
rich history of this area.