Archaeological Collection of St. Martin Ivinj
An archaeological site was explored in the area of Ivinj where evidence was found of settlements at the beginning of the 1st century AD. Settlement began shortly after the establishment of peace in Illyricum. Peace in Illyricum followed after the 9th year of the new era, that is, after the suppression of the Dalmato-Pannonian uprising, after which the emperor Augustus founded the province of Dalmatia. At that time, i.e. at the beginning of the 1st century, an unidentified settler built a residential and commercial building in Ivinj, which later changed into a spacious villa rustica with its own inner courtyard. The villa had an area for oil production and storage, a food storage facility, a workroom and other auxiliary facilities. Dominus, or the owner of the villa, lived in separate luxuriously appointed residential premises, which included a home spa. The evidence of the lavish life in the palace can be seen in the remains of mosaics, which, among other exhibits, represent a permanent exhibition in the Katunarić Palace (Tisno Municipality Building) in Tisno. In the summer season the exhibition is open every day, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. In the 5th and 6th centuries, the villa was extended with a basilica, which included a baptistery in its western part. In the Middle Ages, the Croats built a church dedicated to St. Martin in the area of the former villa. The church has been preserved to this day and on 11 November, on St. Martin’s Day, mass is held in the church. In the period from the 12th century onwards, the deceased with all the jewels they wore during their lifetime were buried around the church. There are numerous three-bead earrings, which, with the remaining 160 exhibits, are also exhibited at the exhibition at Katunarić Palace in Tisno.