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Family De Soppe Summer Residence

Summer House of the family De Soppe on Babac Island

Remains of the fortification which belonged to the summer house of the De Soppe family are found on the island of Babac in the Pašman Channel. The construction and finalisation of the summer house was mentioned at the end of the 15th century, and again at the end of the 16th century when the walls and mill were constructed. This is recorded in a number of historical documents. The preserved architecture of the remains of summer house consists of a rectangular yard encircled by a wall within which cottages were located. The best conserved remains of the 16th century city walls belong to the south-western part with a bastion, and the entrance gate facade bearing the family emblem exhibiting Renaissance traits. The nearby church of St. Andrew, although built in earlier times, became a constitutive part of the summer residence of the de Soppe family with the family’s coat-of-arms also engraved on the church's facade. During the period of attacks by the Ottomans the entire complex of buildings served as a temporary shelter for refugees coming from the seashore. Due to its exceptional defensive role, the fortified summer house on the island of Babac is a representative of the 16th century residential architecture of the islands of Zadar region.

Text and photo: Sofija Sorić


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