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Important contribution to the year of St Paul:
the shipwreck of St Paul happened on Croatian island of Mljet, not on Malta

A gravure from Ignjat Ðurdevic's book from 1730, indicating that St Paul had shipwreck in Mare Adriaticum (Adriatic Sea) near the island of Melita (Mljet).


A detail from Ignjat Djurdjevic's book, published in Vence in 1730, written in elite Latin, in which the author provides very convincing proofs that the shiprwreck of St Paul happened on Croatian island of Mljet, and not on Malta. The book was published in Croatian translation from Latin in 2008, accompanied with extensive introductory scholarly study by Dr. Miho Demovic in Croatian and English. We recall that the year 2008 had been proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVIth to be The Year of St Paul.

It is interesting that contemporary translations of the Bible mention that the shipwreck of St Paul happened on "Malta" in the Adriatic (see the Acts of Apostles, chapters 27 and 28). However, Malta is in the Lybian Sea, not in the Adriatic. The name of Malta should be Melita as in the original Greek version of the Bible and in Latin Vulgata, which refers without any doubt to Croatian island of Mljet.



Ignjat Djurdjevic (Ignatio Georgio, 1675-1737), a Dubrovnik Baroque writer, poet, historian and benedictine, issued a book D. Paulus Apostolus in mari, quod nunc Venetus sinus dicitur, naufragus, et Melitae Dalmatensis insulae post naufragium hospes, Venice, 1730, kept in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, containing a map indicating that St. Paul had the shipwreck in the Adriatic (Mare Adriaticum) on the island of Mljet (Melita).


Title page of Ignjat Djurdjevic's monograph from 1730.

Croatian island of Mljet is Melita in Adria (Adriatic Sea) mentioned in the Bible (Acts, Ch 27, 28).
St Paul spent three months on Mljet after the shipwreck.

St. Mary's small island  in the Great Lake of Mljet Island
with its 12th century Benedictine monastery.

Girls from the Island of Mljet in their national festive costumes.

Ivo Robic (1923-2000), a famous Croatian pop singer,
known as Mr. Morgen 

Ivo Robic (1923-2000), a famous Croatian pop singer who made the German song "Morgen" a hit in Europe and in the USA. For Germany's Polydor Record Co he first cut "Morgen" in 1959, and in a few weeks the "Morgen" climbed to Germany's top songs. It was sold in more than a million of copies (half a million in the USA!), so it is not surprising that he was nicknamed "Mr Morgen". In 1959/60 he obtained the statue of Bronze Lion from the Radio Luxemburg, and in 1961 the Silver Lion for his song "Mit 17 fängt das Leben erst an."

Besides his native Croatian, Ivo Robic spoke and sang in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and English.

Ivo Robic was a guest star in some prestigeous USA programs: Perry Como Show of NBC, the Ed Sullivan Show, the Dick Clark Show, etc. With his "Morgen" he left behind on american top lists such stars like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Paul Anka and Dean Martin.

Ivo Robic in Japan

Ivo Robic in Japan


Croatian Island of Susak
has unique national costumes in the world

Two women in festive folk costume.

Men's and women's festive folk costume on the Island of Susak.

O Marijana, Croatian tune sung in Japan

O Marijana (see bottom on the right), issued in Japan in 1976, sung by Seiji Tanaka, Japanese pop singer.

We invite you to listen to Vlaho Paljetak's tune O, MARIJANA,
sung by Seiji Tanaka in Japanese and Croatian:

O MARIJANA [mp3] 3.6 MB

By the courtesy of Dr. Drago Stambuk, Croatian ambassador in Tokyo.

Kimono Croatia
worn in honour of Croatian ambassador Stambuk


Kimono Croatia worn in Tokamachi, Japan


Kristian Krekovic (1901-1985), Croatian painter

Krekovic's autoportrait. Source of the photo:

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), a detail; Krekovic portrayed him in his atelier in Paris in 1931.
There was a deep friendship among them. Source of the photo:


Kristian Krekovic with Pope Paul VI in the Vatican, 1972, bringing his gifts.
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Pope Paul VI especially liked portraits of Virgin Mary with Jesus.
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Virgin Mary with Jesus, surrounded with angels representing all human races.
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Krekovic's portrait of Queen Mother of England (1900-2002), made in 1938 upon her request.
The portrait, according to Kristian Krekovic, is kept in the Buckingham Palace.
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Tryptich for the Anglican Church in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Krekovic on the right.
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King Gustav Vth at the age of 90, portrayed by Kristian Krekovic in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1948.
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Krekovic's autoportrait, Cuzco, Peru 1950. Note Croatian and Peruvian Coats of Arms side by side.
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My deep gratitude to Association Amigos del Museo Krekovic in Palma de Mallorca,
for providing these important photos on their web dedicated to life and work of Kristian Krekovic.
He is often called pintor croata - peruano, that is, Croatian - Peruvian painter.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Austrian and Croatian composer
died 200 hundred years ago

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), a famous Austrian and Croatian composer, died 200 years ago. He was born in a Croatian ethnic enclave in Burgenland (Gradisce) in Austria. Joseph Haydn composed a lovely melody which is based on a very old Croatian folk song. He named it Volkslied (Folk song), and later it became the Austrian national anthem. This melody is the contemporary German national anthem that everybody knows.

Pencil sketch by George Dance, 1794. Source of the photo Classical Music Pages.

Compare the Croatian folk song

with the German national anthem:


Croatian Tales of Long Ago
by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic
translated into Chinese in 1957 and in 1983

Croatian Tales of Long Ago translated into Chinese in 1957, and many other languages.

Ivana Brlic Mazuranic (1874-1938), a famous Croatian writer for children

Apprentice Hlapic by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, translated in Chinese in 1983.

For more information see Croatia - China.

Croatian Fairy Tales
by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic
translated into Japanese

Šegrt Hlapic (Apprentice Hlapic) by Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, Croatian fairy tale in Japanese.

Ivana Brlic Mazuranic (1874-1938), a famous Croatian writer for children

For more information see Croatia - Japan.

Croatian Lace

In the town of Pag on the island of Pag there is a Gallery of Pag Lace (Galerija paske cipke). Croatian lace collections of different styles can be seen in Zadar and Lepoglava. More information is available at

Croatian Lace






Nikola Tesla
Moho layer
Schwarz airship

Croatian World Network

King of Dolls
Kristian Krekovic