Virtual tour taken inside the Holy Cross Chapel in Crikvine Kaštelet showing the 28 pieces of religious work carved by Ivan Meštrović over a 20 year period. The result is stunning and very contemplative. Image taken September 2011.
Kastelet Mestrovic - Holy Cross Chapel - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Kastelet Mestrovic - Holy Cross Chapel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
The Holy Cross Chapel was incorporated Crikvine Kaštelet by Ivan Meštrović when he brought the complex in 1939. It is well worth visiting, containing a collection of religious wooden, relief carvings produced over 40 years, and is arguably his most stunning creation. The 28 works form a Christ-inspired cycle incorporating various motifs from ancient, medieval and modern art. Accompanied by a large wooden cross the result is an emotionally powerful piece of spiritual sculpture, and should not be rushed.
The making of the whole cycle of 28 wooden reliefs inspired by the life of Christ lasted more than four decades, which makes it a unique phenomenon of the twentieth-century art. The reliefs were placed in The Holy Crucifix Church, consecrated and destined for the service in the Old Slavic, which was Mestrovic's wish.
The whole Christ-inspired cycle, except for the reliefs at the time deposited in Split, was first presented to the public in the Hendricks Chapel, College of Fine Arts Syracuse University in 1950. In 1953 the collection was moved to Croatia and installed in The Holy Crucifix Church the following year. The cycle remains a completed unit in the corpus of Ivan Mestrovic's work and a unique phenomenon in Croatian art history.
The Holy Cross Chapel and associated Crikvine Kaštelet stand on the coastline on the southern edge of the Marjan Hill a little west of Split city center, just above Ježinac beach. More of his work can be found at the Meštrović Gallery just down the road. Both of these are notable sights and attractions in Split, and entrance fees apply.
Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 39,
Split, Croatia, HR
Bus: Meštrović Gallery (12, 7, 8) from city center.
Flight: Split International Airport found 20km west of Split, transfer by either taxi or bus.
Ferry: Regular ferries from Dubrovnik, Korcula, Mljet, Pescara, Rijeka, Vis, Hvar, Spetare (Brač), Stari Grad, Drvenik and Ancona in Italy.
Road: Split lies on the 8 coastal road, about 30km north of Omiš and 60km north of Makarska. It is 150km south of Zadar. Crikvine Kaštelet is just above Uvala Ježinac (Jezinac bay and beach) on Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica.