Vrsar Sacral Collection
Vrsar-Orsera, Crkva sv. Foške (Church of St. Fosca)
III - VI: by appointment
VII - VIII: 09:00 - 12:00, 17:00 - 19:00
Permanent exhibit of paintings, statues, liturgical items, arts and crafts
This church, dating from the first half of the 17th century was built in the Renaissance style but with some Baroque elements too. The facade and the Renaissance portal are very plain. On both sides of the portal there are two windows with iron bars.
Until the requisition of the bells for war purposes during the World War I and II in the belfry there were two bells made in the Venetian foundries (from the 17th and 18th century). The bell with the signature OPVS CASTELLIS made in the 16th century in the Venetian foundry was removed in the World War I. It was replaced by the bell made in the foundry Lapagna in Trieste in 1922. This bell, as well as the other one from the 17th century, decorated with images of St. Fosca, the Madonna and crucifixion and provided with the Latin text SANCTA FVSCA VRSARIAE MDCLXXX (St. Fosca of Vrsar 1680) was taken away during the World War II. However, these bells were not used for war purposes and today they can be seen in the bell tower of the parish church of St. Martin.
The church of St. Fosca has been recently renovated. Its sacral collection contains valuable exhibits, such as the painting “Martyrdom of St. Fosca” from the 17th century. Especially attractive are the sepulchral slabs decorated with coat-of-arms and Latin texts. In front of the main altar there is the tomb of the Vrsar priest Luka Prodanić (Luca Prodanich), Croat, who died in 1659. The clerical symbols (Chalice and host) are engraved on the slab.