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Cultural heritage

Novalis - Novalja and Cissa - Caska, are two ancient roman towns whose remains can be seen in Novalja and in the nearby Caska bay, where the ancient sights spread also to the seabed. The importance that this two settlements had in roman times is proven by the discovey of a roman vessel sinked in the Vlaška mala bay, which transported amphoras from the far fringes of the Roman Empire. Recently in Caska were also found a few early Slavic graves with rich jewlery, and on the hill Košljen, above Novalja field, is located another ancient site. A great part of the cultural and historical wealth of Pag is surely its dry wall architecture - forewalls, dry walls and corrals are just basic parts of Pag's landscape, but they have also a hey role in agricultur and farming of this seemingly barren and infertile island.

Roman aqueduct and Novalja Town Museum

The most significant ancient monument of Novalja is surely the roman aqueduct from the 1st century A.D. today known as Talijanova buža. It's 1042 meters long tunnel carved in the rock, which served as a canal to convey water from the Novalja field to the center of the roman city. Another ancient aqueduct supposedly connected Cissa and Kolan, from which this place got its name (canalis, conalis). Today, on the entrance to the Talijanova buža is located the Novalja Town Museum (27 Kralja Zvonimira street). But the museum houses, apart from many archeological findings from the Caska and Mala crikva excavations, an interesting ethnographic collection dedicated to the traditions of this part of the island and a rich collection of artworks.

Medieval heritage and Stomorica collection

During the centuries of the Late antiquity (4th-6th century) numerous early Christian basilicas were built in Novalja, richly decorated with mosaics and stone sculptures. Mosaics of the Urban basilica can be seen downtown, in todays gothic church of the Divine Mother of the Rosary. In the Stomorica collection you can visit a rich collection of artifacts, spanning from the prehistoric jewlery of Novalja's most ancient inhabitants to a selection of valuable examples of early Christian and medieval interlace sculptures which originate from Novalja.