Island of Lokrum

The first mention of Lokrum in writing came in 1023,

Island of Lokrum
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The first known mention of the Island Lokrum comes from 1023 AD, in a document certifying the foundation of a Benedictine Abbey and a Monastery. Then a legend has it that in 1192, after a shipwreck in the vicinity of Lokrum on his way back from the Third Crusade in Palestine, Richard the Lionheart found shelter on the Island; as a sign of gratitude, he made a vow to build a church in the place where he came ashore. However, upon a request by the people of Dubrovnik, he allocated the money to the continuation of the Cathedral in town. Maximilian von Habsburg visited and bought the island in 1859. He had his summer residence built on the ruins of the monastery, with a magnificent garden, walking paths and promenades. The tradition of gardening and cultivation of exotic plants from the time of the Benedictines via Maximilian von Habsburg continued in 1959, when the Botanical Garden was founded. On almost two hectares of land, one can see 70 different species of eucalyptus, the largest collection of eucalyptus outside Australia, and more than 853 exotic species of plants. Around 453 are trees and bushes and about 400 are succulents. In 1964, Lokrum was declared a Protected Natural Reserve, and in 1976 it was proclaimed a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve under the protection of UNESCO. Out of its total of 0.7 km2 of area, 0.6 km2 is covered with dense vegetation. Lokrum provides perfect ecological conditions to diverse fauna, on land and in the sea. It is home to 156 bird species from 43 different bird families. However, the pride of Lokrum have been the peacocks, brought by Maximillian of Habsburg from the Canary Islands 150 years ago.

From its highest peak, the star-shaped Royal Fortress built by the French in 1806, offers a magnificent view of Dubrovnik, Cavtat and the islands.

You can get to Lokrum by a lovely 10-minute boat ride with the “Skala” or “Zrinski” boats, which depart every half hour from the Old City Harbour. Tickets can be purchased at the pier, just before boarding. The first boat departs at 9 a.m. and the last shuttle leaves Lokrum at 7 or 8 p.m. (depending on the season). It is forbidden to stay on the island overnight. Boat transportation is available from April through October.

A small lake on the island called Mrtvo More (Dead Sea), connected with the open sea underground, is suitable for children and non-swimmers. There are also plenty of beaches for every visitor to have a swim. Signs supply very clear orientation on your whereabouts all over the island. Beaches are equipped with fresh-water showers.

Another natural attraction of this islet is the Purple Cave, which gets its name from the purple seaweed that covers the rocks. This place is generally little known as it can be reached by boat or by the path that leads to the nudist beach. Back in 2011, after a short and productive dialogue with local authorities, the global television network HBO decided to choose Dubrovnik as location for the awarded TV series Game of Thrones. While Dubrovnik was King’s Landing, Island Lokrum turned into the City of Qarth near the Jade Sea, visited by Daenerys Targaryen in Season II. Some of the scenes were filmed in the Botanical Garden and within the remnants of the Benedictine Monastery.


The Visitors Centre, with an exhibition dedicated entirely to The Game of Thrones, was opened to public in 2015. It includes video footage of how the series was filmed in Dubrovnik and elsewhere in Croatia, and a map of filming locations. The Island of Lokrum was used as set for city of Quarth on the Green Sea. Some of the scenes were filmed in botanical garden and the interior of Benedictine Monastery on the island. The exhibition represents short video about the filming in Dubrovnik and Croatia and there is also displayed the shooting locations map. The second part of this exhibition there is dedicated to fauna and flora of the Island of Lokrum.

Since summer 2016 another exhibition  has been open to public. In the basement of the Benedictine Monsatery there is located multimedia exhibition dedicated to the Richard of Lion Heart and his shipwreck on the Island of Lokrum, Crusades and Templar Knights.

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