Early Christian martyr St. Germanus was killed at the time when the Western Roman Empire was ruled by the cruel Emperor Karin.

By order of the Emperor, the local head Antonin initiated the persecution of Christians. Germanus was a 32-year-old deacon in Pula. He spent his days fasting and praying and helping the poor. In a dream, Germanus received an order to oppose Antonin. This is why he was tortured in the Pula Arena and finally executed on the way from Pula to Nesactium in May 284. His body was secretly buried at night on the site where, according to oral tradition, a church dedicated to St. Germanus was built, later dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The church is single-nave; it has a semicircular apse and a belfry in the shape of a distaff. An upside-down Gothic inscription mentioning St. Mary and Kostanjica is built into the facade. Inside the church there are consecrated crosses on the walls, painted at the time of the first consecration of the church, probably in the 14th century, and the fresco of St. Bartholomew. Graffiti of ships and riders are engraved in the frescoes. The church preserves valuable wooden statues from the 15th century.

Source: Milena Joksimović, PhD

 

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