The village of Gornji Humac, island of Brač in Croatia

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Gornji Humac is an agricultural small village located on the island of Brač in Croatia.

The village administratively is part of the commune of Pučišća.

The inhabitants devote themselves to the vegetable culture and the breeding, and produce cheese of Brač.

EtymologyEtymology
Gornji Humac means Humac it Haut in opposition to Donji Humac, Humac-le-Bas.

Under the Republic of Venice, Gornji Humac named Italian Umazzo.

SituationSituation

Gornji Humac is the highest village of the island of Brač. It is located on the regional road D113, close to the intersection with the sinuous road D115 which goes down towards Bol, to 13 km in south-west.

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The Church Saint Nicholas (Crkva Svetog Nikole)
The parish church of Gornji Humac is on the principal place, with the site of an old church of the 15th century. It is a church baroque of 17th and 18th centuries, with an interesting square bell-tower with flattened roof - without the typical final pyramid of the Dalmatian bell-towers - pointing out the architecture of the churches of Tuscany.

The church conceals a triptych of the Virgin to the Child, of late Gothic style. On the left side of the triptych, which is above the entry of the church, is holy Michel, the winged warrior, dressed in a Roman military uniform, with a balance in its hand with which it weighs gold. Saint Michel is held victoriously on the dragon, represented like a lizard with long legs, in the open mouth whose the saint inserts his sword.

The Chapel Our Lady
The chapel Our Lady is in the cemetery. She contains a triptych in stone low-relief representing the Virgin and the Child in the central part, and, on the sides, holy Pierre with the book and the keys, and holy Jean, of ascetic appearance, dressed in a hair shirt. This triptych comes from the workshop of Master Nikola Firentinac (Nicolas the Florentin, 15th century); the quality of execution of work brings to suppose a share active taken by the chisel of the Master. Later, the triptych was divided and the saints were put in the separate niches of the furnace bridge baroque, but the unit, the harmony and the interior rhythm and the style were not entirely lost on this occasion.

Another characteristic of this chapel is the fence baroque out of wrought iron which is one of the rare examples of this craft industry of art on the Dalmatian islands.

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HistoryHistory
Gornji Humac is surrounded by the vestiges of old villages such as Gradac, Mošuje and Straževnik; contrary to these old hamlets, Gornji Humac did not succumb to the epidemics of plague of 15th and 16th centuries.

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The small airport of Brač is near Gornji Humac. The junction towards the airport of Brač is approximately 1 km from Gornji Humac.

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