Draguć – Paz – Gradinje – Gologorica


St. Eliseus

A view of Draguć, if you are coming from the direction of Cerovlje, is yet another unforgettable landscape. The first church you will come across, at the very entrance to the village, is the cemetery chapel of St. Eliseus, built at the end of the 12th c. Eliseus is an Old Testament Prophet, disciple of Prophet Elias. His cult was confirmed in Istria very early, and the church near Fažana dedicated as early as the 6th c., is the earliest example. The church in Draguć is a simple building in the middle of the cemetery, surrounded by cypresses. Only its color scheme of its facade makes it different from other Istrian chapels. Its exterior is unplastered, built of two kinds of stone, the darker and lighter sandstone, alternately laid in regular horizontal rows, making it a miniature copy of the Tuscan Romanesque churches. The best preserved scene is that of the Crucifixion in the center of the northern wall. Besides its position, it is also accentuated by a wide, perpendicular bordure. Depictions of the Annunciation on the triumphal arch, Christ Enthroned in the conch of the apse as well as scenes from Christ’s life on the other walls are the usual iconography. Also interesting are depictions of souls in the Lap of Abraham (three patriarchs), wealthy men in infernal agony, the parabola of poor Lazarus and the chivalric battle on the surface of the velarium. The latter is the only figural scene of such kind in Istria.
Human figures on the frescoes are treated rather summarily. The background is flat two-dimensional, without the illusion of space. The mural paintings are attributed to the workshop from the end of the 13th c. that corresponds to the local art trends and under the term of Istrian rural Romanesque forms one group together with the frescoes in Bazgalji.

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