Days of the Patrons of Nin, St Marcela and St Anselmo
To pass through turbulent historical periods, to preserve faith and freedom and contribute to them, to live in an area so rich with the gifts of Nature and Man and to persevere – would it be possible at all without luck, wisdom and sincere advocates?! The residents of Nin, and everyone who is acquainted with the exceptional values of Nin, knows that it must be a gift of providence and the Patrons of Nin.
If you come to Nin on the 25th-26th August you can celebrate the unique Church festivals, the days of the Patrons of Nin, St Marcela and St Anselmo to whom the parish church, the former Cathedral (6th-18th century) is dedicated.
According to tradition, St Anselmo was one of Christ’s 72 disciples who came to Nin and its surroundings to preach and spread Christianity. Tradition also has it, that Marcela from Luke’s Gospel was a housewife in the house of Marta, Maria and Lazarus and in the apostolic announcement she helped the Bishop Anselmo and Dean Ambrose in Nin.
The relics of St Anselmo, Ambrose and Marcela in their precious reliquaries, as the Christian announcers and first heralds of Christianity in Nin, have been worshipped since the first centuries of Christianity. They belong amongst the most significant artefacts of the Church and the gifts given by religious and political leaders. On the main Baroque altar of Nin parish church there is a picture of St Anselmo, Ambrose and Marcela, and in the chest below the picture the relics of St Marcela are kept. The day of the Patron Saints of Nin is always festive, and along with the religious ceremonies, it is an opportunity to have fun and is equally interesting to the local people of Nin as well as to their visitors.
From an exciting past to a lovely present
On a small island in the middle of a shallow lagoon the small town of Nin can be found with its old centre, connected to the mainland by two stone bridges. Nin has had an exciting past and today a lovely present. All its stories, all its beauty and natural wealth are here to be enjoyed and to find joy, health and spiritual satisfaction which are so much needed today.