There are several theories about the origin of the name of this island that was often called golden island, green or coral island. It is one of the islands in Sibenik archipelago that is nearest to the mainland - about 1 nautical mile far from it.
First written document dates from 1386 but Zlarin
is older than that as the findings from the Stone Age and the Roman times prove. First inhabitants came to the island in the 13th ct. and the next to come were refugees who fled in front of the Turks looking for safety on this island.
Among the historic monuments, the oldest one is the Gothic church Our Lady of Raselj from the 15th ct. In 1740 on the remnants of the old church a new one in baroque style was built. St.Rock's chapel and St.Simon's chapel were built during the 17th ct.
Former inhabitants were farmers and fishermen but they will be remembered as coral divers. Hunting and processing of coral were known already in the 15th ct. and it brought to Zlarin
economic prosperity that lasted till the 20th ct. when this industry ceased to be sucessful and many inhabitants had to emigrate. In spite of everything, event today on the island there is a coral workshop where coral is worked manually and the hand made jewels are sold.
The inhabitants of Zlarin
are mainly employed in Sibenik industry but they still pursue all the traditional occupations among which the tourism, too. The unspoilt nature, thick pine forests , beaches of various types and numerous hidden bays attract many tourists. Enjoying the sun and crystal clear sea many local and foreign visitors spend here ideal holiday and especially yachtsmen as they can find a safe berth in well protected harbour of Zlarin
. The accomodation can be found in a hotel and in the private rooms and apartments. There are also few restaurants where you can taste local specialities but because of frequent ship lines that connect Zlarin
with Sibenik, whenever you wish you can drop in to Sibenik
. And finally, one curiosity! Do you know who invented Maglite torches used all over the world (even by the American police)? Mr. Ante Maglica born in Zlarin
! He emigrated in America and since then has patented more than hundred inventions and is now donating some to his native island - Zlarin
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