MILJENKO AND DOBRILA

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  • March 21, 2024

Two noble families, Vitturi and Rušinić, lived in their castles in the 17th century. Although their fathers were fighting for feudal rights, young Miljenko Rušinić and Dobrila Vitturi fell in love at first sight.

Since their families disapproved of their relationship, they kept their love a secret. After some time, their secret was revealed, which caused the unstoppable fury of their parents. However, with the help of the maid Antica, they find a way to maintain their relationship. Considering that both castles are located by the sea, Antica found a way to organize a boat escape for them in the middle of the night.

After years of proving their love to their families and overcoming all obstacles, their fathers finally allowed them to get married. However, Dobrila's father, Count Radoslav, was never fond of that decision, and he could not accept that Miljenko would take his daughter as his wife and take her to their new home - the castle of the Rušinić family.

Consequently, the night after the wedding of two young lovers in the summer of 1690, Count Radoslav killed his son-in-law in front of his castle in Kastel Lukšić. A few months after the unfortunate event, Dobrila went crazy from extreme grief, fell ill, and died. Her last wish was to be buried next to Miljenko in the chapel of St. John from the 16th century. In the church of St. Ivan in Rušinac, there is still a tombstone with the inscription "Peace to the lovers" as a memory of that tragic love.

Miljenko's and Dobrila's home and the chapel of St. Ivana are just a few minutes walk from Štacija. Miljenko and Dobrila days occur every year in July and August. During those days, you may witness the theatre plays and other content, enabling you to learn more.

Today, Kaštela is a romantic and famous place for organizing weddings (both ceremonies and celebrations). See the gallery and our offer for wedding organization here.

Do not miss the opportunity to crown your love in the place where Miljenko and Dobrila of Kaštela did. 

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