Cres is home to the women's Benedictine monastery and the church of St. Peter the Apostle near the coast and old town center.
The honor of the founder of the monastery and the construction of the church of St. Petra belongs to a widow from Cres. In the search for sources, we find the oldest data in the Krk schematism from 1400.
Faithful to the monastic Benedictine tradition, the nuns were engaged in the education of female youth until 1945, until their work was banned by the current government. Church of St. Peter the Apostle bears witness to the different historical periods that the monastery went through. In the interior of the church, we notice different stylistic directions; for example, Romanesque stone arches and a baroque altar. The organ with 15 registers from 1777 brings beauty and harmony to this sacred space, and the melodies that come from it enrich the liturgical celebrations.
Monastery of St. Peter the Apostle
From the beginning, the nuns of Cres lived according to the example of the first monks. In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, their number reached up to 40.
The strength and perseverance of the Benedictines of Cres is reflected in the stormy history during which the monastery burned to the ground four times. However, each time trusting in the Lord's help, they would bravely rebuild their community again.
The small collection of monasteries where they keep rich enthographic material is also impressive. In addition to valuable paintings, the monastery's rooms are also decorated with icons from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and two codices written in Gothic style from the 15th century. Using natural blessings such as the sun, water, the earth grows their own vegetables and medicinal herbs with their own hands, and they also make hosts and candles. There is also a small meteorological station in the garden, where the sisters have been reporting on the weather for 30 years.
Our place and location
Cres, as the largest Croatian island, closes the Kvarner Bay, and is bordered by Istria and the island of Krk. The people of Creš are primarily engaged in tourism, agriculture, olive growing and fishing.
The Mediterranean spirit of the island of Cres is reflected in the small rustic houses of its inhabitants, who still cherish the Chakavian dialect and folklore. The coats of arms of individual Cres families that adorn the buildings of the old town center bear witness to the past of this town. Until the end of the Venetian period, the inhabitants of Cres lived exclusively within the walls, while there were only two monasteries outside them.
Everything you want to know about our community and life, don't hesitate to ask. By learning about our life, you will understand why it is nice to be a Benedictine.