Supetar – Croatia
Supetar is a town on the northern side of the Dalmatian island of Brač, in the Split-Dalmatia County, in Croatia. It became the island’s official centre in 1827. The Town of Supetar includes Supetar itself and the three villages: Splitska, Škrip and Mirca.
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With a population of 3,213, it is the island’s largest town. It is accessible by ferry (Jadrolinija, the ferry ride from the mainland city of Split takes 45 minutes) or via Brač Airport which is located 30 kilometres to the southeast.
Old Supetar was situated on the small peninsula where there is now a graveyard. The settlement came to an end during the early Christian era. In the late Middle Ages a new settlement started around the bay known as St. Peter’s, from which the town derives its name. It originated from Sv. Petar during the Latin population of the town. “Sv” stands for “Sveti”, meaning saint, therefore it takes its name from Saint Peter, which is the name’s English equivalent translation.
The present settlement of Supetar was founded in the 16th century when people living in Nerežišća, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) inland, began to use it as their harbour. The town’s main period of development occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries when Supetar took over from Nerežišća as the administrative centre of the island of Brač