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History of Brela

When speaking of the history of Brela, we must travel back over 2,000 years. In this magnificent landscape there have been numerous attractions since ancient times. It is not surprising, therefore, that the first patron of this Adriatic oasis (known as Berylliae in the classical period), was Silvan, the Illyrian-Roman god of forests and pristine nature.

Today Brela is a modern tourist place rich in tradition and natural beauty.

Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, the Byzantine emperor, mentioned this place in his letter dating from the 10th century. The parish church from the 19th century was built on the same location as an older church from the Baroque, and next to the cemetery there is a medieval necropolis with eight tombstones decorated with reliefs (shields and swords). There are several other tombstones in the church, dating back from the 18th century.

The most interesting historical monument is the relief (2nd or 3rd century) representing the Illyrian god Silvan in Soline. In one of his hands, he is holding a blade representing the pastoral cult of agriculture. The cult of Silvan was particularly worshipped by the Dalmati, an Illyrian tribe.

All this is proof of life in the area since the late Ancient Greek and Roman times and, naturally, of the strong influence of Roman rule. The present settlement emerged in more recent times through the migration of the population from the settlements below Biokovo.