Čara

Čara is a village on the island Korčula, in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Čara, which is situated in Korčula’s inland, is part of the Korčula Town Municipality.

In the 2001 census, the village had a population of 566 and 189 family households.

Čara is a typical, traditional village of winegrowers, situated along the island’s main road, 25 kilometres from Korčula Town. It was established on the south slope of a hill at whose foot there is a big, fertile field planted with vineyards. A special variety of grapes called Pošip is grown here. There is a wine cellar in the village where the famous wine of the same name is produced.    

In the central part of the village is the parish church of St Peter, dating back to the 15th century, with a bell tower that was completed in the 20th century. A centuries-old cypress grows on a small, paved square in front of the church. In the nearby cove of Zavalatica there used to be the fortified summer villas of Korčula’s noblemen and landowners, just as there are villas in other coves and bays on the island that are associated with other villages.

In the Čara field, in the middle of a vineyard, there is a village graveyard (both an old one and a newer one) and the 14th-century votive church of Our Lady of the Čara Field, which took its present form during the baroque period. At the church’s altar, there are reliefs depicting scenes from the life of the Madonna. These alabaster reliefs (once in colour) belong to the late Gothic period and are of English origin; they were made in a workshop in Nottingham in the 15th century. The story goes that they were found washed ashore in the nearby bay of Čavića luka, and there is also a legend of their miraculous arrival in Čara. The church is a central place of pilgrimage on the island Korčula, with the most important celebration – the feast of St Jacob’s – taking place on 25 July. On that day, a votive procession carrying the picture of the Madonna from the church’s altar goes around the whole Čara field, followed by a large number of people that come from all over the island.

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