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Majsan Island

Majsan island and neighbouring Majsanić islet in Korcula Archipelago
Majsan island and neighbouring Majsanić islet in Korcula Archipelago

The archaeological site of Majsan Island

This small and unassuming islet in the Archipelago actually hides amazing historical facts. It seems that the islet was named after St Maximus who allegedly stayed on the island.

The archaeological site on Majsan
The archaeological site on Majsan

Archaeological intervention on the island carried out between 1963 and 1966 resulted in the discovery that the remains of the walls in Lučica bay on Majsan, date back to the Roman period when the villa Rustica was erected. In the period of late antiquity, the abandoned villa was inhabited by a small community of Christian monks who worshipped the tomb and the burial chapel. The remains of the chapel and tomb are still there. They were erected by Benedictine monks who lived on the island.

 Lučica bay on Majsan
Lučica bay on Majsan

The whole site is at the present overgrown with wild trees and shrubs so it is hard to see the remains in detail.

This is how the site looks at the present. I took this photo on my recent visit.
This is how the site looks at the present. I took this photo on my recent visit.

Some statistical info about the island is here

Views from the island towards the west - over the channel and the archipelago
Views from the island towards the west – over the channel and the archipelago

Location of Majsan and its archaeological site

The island is located just a short boat ride from the more popular Stupe and Moro Beach. Note, there is no public transport to the island – instead, take a taxi boat.