Nearby Jelsa, on a cape called Gradina, an Augustinian church and monastery were built at the beginning of the 17th century (one of four on the island, along with Hvar, Sv. Nedjelja and Sućuraj). The order was abolished in the 18th century, and today there is a cemetery there. In the Hvar statute from 1331, Civitas Vetus Ielsae is mentioned, but the locality is not stated. Since in the area of Gradina there are remains of solid fortification walls that divided the peninsula from sea to sea, Niko Duboković, an intellectual from the 19th century, assumes that this is where Civitas Vetus Ielsae was located, a fortress that occupied the entire peninsula with an area of 6.5 hectares



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