Benedictine monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian

This monastery complex is of particular importance for the cultural and historical heritage of the island of Pašman because it is directly connected with the Croatian medieval state, that is, with the ruler Peter Kresimir IV. It is located in the southern part of the island, on Ćokovac hill, 2 km northwest of Tkon.
Church of St. Cosmas and Damian was first mentioned around 1070 when Croatian King Petar Kresimir IV. granted the right to the church and surrounding subdivisions to the monastery of St. John the Evangelist in Biograd.

The next Croatian ruler, Dmitar Zvonimir, also donated estates to Pasman on the Benedictines of Biograd. Several decades later, in their war against the Croatian kingdom, the Venetians destroyed the town of Biograd together with the Benedictine monastery. The Benedictines found a new refuge just at Pašman, and in 1125 they completed the construction of a new monastery in Ćokovac. That the island of Pašman was a safe haven for the locals is evidenced by the event of 1202, when church dignitaries and nobles of the city of Zadar took refuge in a monastery in Cokovac, fleeing the Venetians who had destroyed the city of Zadar.

The monastery at Ćokovac was rebuilt during its past but many of its medieval elements. The monastery church has completely preserved the Gothic appearance, and other parts of the former porch and fence are still there.


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