Island Rab, SQUARES AND PARKS
Town squares in the Mediterranean have since Roman times, been a stage on which public and private life has been played out. It is a place for meetings and for rest, the central point of the town’s hurly-burly.
Decorated with multicoloured sun umbrellas and vases with their firework displays of bright flowers, they tempt us to linger, to absorb the spirit of the town or simply to relax. The squares of Rab have another special characteristic - their immortalised scenes from legends.
The fountain and the oak-man next to it, on the main square, tell the legend of the shepherdess Draga and the unfortunate Kalifront, whose lust was punished by the goddess Diana, who turned Draga into a rock with water flowing from its base, as a symbol of her tears, and sentenced Kalifront to plant trees for eternity, until he himself turned into a tree.
The monument on the square speaks of the Kalifront forest, while the monument in St. Marinus’ Park tells of the founder of the city-state of San Marino, Marin the stonemason who, fleeing Rab from Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, got as far as Monte Titano, not far from Rimini in Italy, founded a small city-state and was eventually canonised.
Maybe it is because of the story of Kalifront, or because its woods have earned the island the name ‘dark’ (Arbe), but the people of Rab are passionate about greenery and forests. And the Rab town pasture, thanks to head forester Pravdoje Belija, was in 1883 turned into the
beautiful Komrčar park, which begins at the bottom of the town harbour and runs along the city walls, providing a beautiful shady walk.