Even though today’s Stobreč as a suburban area has overgrown its peninsular centre, it is still proud of its rich architectural heritage. Similar to the ancient little town Epetion, it is a treasure place of historical landmarks – architecture of the ancient settlement, the remains of the old Christian basilica, the most significant architectural monument of the entire area in addition to antique remains of the former city walls.
If you take a walk to the northern side of the centre of the ancient town, every step will offer you a nicer view of the preserved remains of the huge stone blocks, a memory of the ancient town’s rampart. You will also notice the remains of monumental stone portal, the old entrance high as three and wide as two persons.
These ancient city walls intrigued even some travel writers like Alberto Fortis, an Italian theologian and travel writer, the author of several books on Dalmatia. When comparing the walls to similar ones in Salona, he couldn’t hide his delight so in his most popular work “Viaggio in Dalmazia” he writes: “the location of Epetium is wonderful. The town has arisen on the coastline, but on a plateau quite elevated from the sea level…nearby lovely fields even though poorly cultivated…”
Peninsular centre is still a home to numerous constructions of a highly significant folk architecture. If you visit this small traditional place, its ancient sights will hardly leave you indifferent.
Piše: M. Pocrnjić