MILJENKO AND DOBRILA

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  • February 23, 2020

Find out all about this remarkable legend...

Two noble families, Vitturi and Rušinić, lived in their castles in the 17th century. Even though their fathers were in a fight over feudal rights, young Miljenko Rušinić and Dobrila Vitturi fell in love at first sight. 

Since their families disapproved of the relationship, they kept their love a secret. After some time, their secret was exposed, which caused unstoppable anger from their parents. However, they found a way to maintain their relationship with the help of a maid, Antica. Both castles are by the sea, so Antica found a way to organize boat escapes for them in the middle of the night. 

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

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 Kaštel Lukšić. A few months after the unfortunate event, out of tremendous sadness, Dobrila lost her mind, got sick, and died. Her last wish was to be buried next to Miljenko in St. John's chapel from the 16th century. The church of St. John in Rušinac still has a gravestone with the inscription Pokoj ljubovnikom ("May God Rest the Lovers' Souls") as a memory of this tragic love. 

Miljenko's and Dobrila's homes and St. John's chapel are within walkable distance from Hotel Štacija. 

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