Legend about Dragon Eye Lake in Rogoznica is telling the story of two brother, one of whom was blind. The sighted brother, in dividing their land, tricked the blind brother, and in retaliation the blind brother conjured a curse: “If you have not shared the land fairly, let it all turn into a lake.” And it did. But in this lake that sometimes churns and boils lived a dragon. The dragon, says local tradition, was merciless–each year he charged a bloody fee of the most beautiful girl and the fattest sheep.
We started our sailing route from Rogoznica to Split. And we have seen and enjoyed so many legends, beautiful sights and neverending stories about our Adriatic coast.
Another story tells of the dragon Murin, the illegitimate son of Hera and Poseidon, who ruled the polis of Heraclea from his palace on the island of Velika Smokvica. He protected the inhabitants from invaders and marauders, and in return every year, on the longest day of the year, the people had to give him the most beautiful girl for a wife. Unfortunately, no one survived the first wedding night. Legend says that on June 20th, on the winged horse Pegasus, a hero descended called Aristoles, great-grandson of the Argonauts’ Jason. He fell in love with a girl who was supposed to wed the cruel dragon the next day. The young hero challenged the dragon to a duel, and mortally wounded the beast with a spear made by the powerful goddess Athena with lunar dust and the help of Hephaestus. As he lay dying, Murin dug out his own eyes with his claws. One of them he threw far beyond the island of Mljet, and the other slipped under his feet and melted the rock. Water filled the pit and formed a lake, which came to be called Dragon’s Eye.
At the entrance to Rogoznica port on the peninsula Gradina, a votive shrine of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the people known as the Lady of the Chapel.
Intercity 1722nd year, fisherman George Bogavčić called Tuburko, attracted by a strange light panel finds a picture that showed the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her cousin Elizabeth. Bring it home and put it in the freezer. The next day, at the same place again saw the same opportunity. He would not compare to the one in the chest but was not found. Decide to entrust all parish priest, who was put into the treasury. Ali and from Our Lady’s Opportunity returned to the place of the apparitions.
And so, at the urging of bogoljubnog people, 1776th decided to build a small chapel.
We wrote before about Punta Planka or Cape of Diomedes. But let us remember few things :).
In the first century BC, it was impossible to sail around Cape Planka or Cape Diomedes during a huge storm. This is the region of the jugo and bura, local winds that are linked to the myth of the Argonauts, and that conspire to produce one of the most deadly navigable points on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. A Roman ship transporting 150 amphorae full of wine from northern Italy to Greece anchored for the last time in the Bay of Gornji Muli in Rogoznica. For a medium-sized boat overloaded with amphorae, even a closed bay was not safe. She capsized and sank to a depth of 20 meters, hitting the underwater rocks, and her wreckage is scattered across a field 13x10m in size. The site was excavated and preserved in 1998.
The waters around Rogoznica contain many shipwrecks from different historical periods, so we might say there is a museum in the deep blue sea, a trove of historical material intriguing to scholars and tourists alike.
On our small journey we have met these amazing places, but also, little friends, the dolphins.
On the south side of Ciovo Island, in Prizidnica, among the steep cliffs above the sea, nearly five centuries ago the church of Our Lady of Prizdinica was built. Above the door of the church in the wall are two stone tablets, and the older one witnesses about the history of the sanctuary.
“The priest Juraj Stoidražić came into this wilderness, and built this temple in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, 1546 god.”
Next to the church, in the humble dwellings, “the wall”, withdrawn from the world, have settled priests hermits, spending a life of prayer and penance.
Until the mid 19th century, continuous or intermittent short lived Glagolitic monks, and priests of the Latin ritual language.
On our way to Split (Spalato) we have seen just one small part of history integrated in our heritage. I could write a story, or legend, almost about each rock, cliff, or sea path I passed. But then, you wouldn’t read me at all :).
Hopefully you enjoyed our little sailing, and legends which goes with it.