Photographer's Note

Please click the link to see the TE Beta version for better quality ABANDONED MALO GRABJLE.

Also, take a look at the MAP feature to see its location. I could find only 1 other photo of this village on TE, and that was posted many years ago.

As the title states, this is an entire abandoned village - and if you know me and my love for the abandoned subjects, I was pretty much in heaven when I visited this place.

I knew about Malo Grablje even before I left Canada to come to Croatia. I always google for abandoned places before arriving to my destination. When I learned about this entire abandoned village on the Island of Hvar, I was very excited and couldn't wait to find it.

Malo Grablje was founded in the 16th Century, finding specific info about the village is hard, even online. From what I found, the village became completely abandoned in about the 1950's - 1960's. At about that time the population was approx 125. I couldn't find any records of the population at its peak.

Why did the people leave this village? The inhabitants main occupation and reason for building their settlement here was for the growing of grapes and other vine fruits etc...Well, there was a major Vine Virus which they couldn't overcome, wiping out their crops and ruining their land.

To make a long story short, they packed up all their belongings, and moved everything to the nearby town of Milna, a few KM away. All the buildings remain, there's a church, an old Mill (in the WS), and old school, and many homes.

When I say they took everything but their homes, I mean it. They even dug up their dead, at the cemetery, and took them to Milna, and re-burried them in a new cemetery! How's that for dedication!

Take a look in the WS for a couple more photos, I may post another main photo as well.

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Additional Photos by craig macintosh (macjake) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8861 W: 85 N: 22615] (98456)
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