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omisalj 02OMIŠALJ – after you pass 'the front door' of the island – the Krk Bridge, before your eyes appears Omišalj, located on an 85 meters high hill. This town has prehistoric foundations and its development can be traced back to Liburnian and Roman times, across the Dukes of Krk – Frankopans up to the present. In prehistory, where Omišalj stands today, there was a fort, and in the Middle Ages there was built, by hand, a fortified castle 'ad musculum'. Like in all the other instances around the island, the most valuable monuments are connected with sacral places and facilities. In Omišalj, it is worth mentioning the 12th century parish church. In this church, which was reconstructed throughout the centuries (the cupola and the bell tower were built in the 16th century), there is an old altar with wooden triptych, the work of the Venetian painter, Jacobello del Fiore from the 15th century.

South of the bell tower, which overlooks the main square, there is the 16th century town lodge. This lodge was used as the courthouse and for the conduct of all public affairs. On the east side of the main square there is St. Helen's chapel from the 15th century. In St. Helen's chapel, an old stone tablet that tells about the construction of the water supply in the old Roman town Fulfinium is kept. The remains of the castle are interesting as well. The function of the castle was to protect the town and it was built in 1476 by the Duke Ivan Frankopan.

In Sepen bay, near Omišalj, you can find an early Christian basilica from the 5th century, according to some sources, the largest basilica in Mediterranean area. Near this sacral building, at a location called Mirine, under the ground, there is an old Roman town, Fulfinium.
Nowadays, Omišalj is a famous resort which offers accommodation in hotels or apartments. Along with its maritime activities, pebble, sandy, rocky, or concrete beaches, there you can find plenty recreational and sports facilities, situated below this ancient town.