Novalja developed on the site of the ancient settlement Novalia which
represented the southern port of the Roman settlement Cissa (today Caska).
From the Roman times parts of the aqueduct, several inscriptions and architectural
plastic forms have been preserved. In the early Christian times there
was a large basilica urbana in the centre of the town, with a semicircular
apse and mosaics (remains of architecture, plastic forms, inscriptions).
In 1971 two decorated reliquaries were found there: a bronze one from
the 4th century and a silver one, from a later period. On the same place
the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gothic style was erected, annexed
in the Baroque period, which holds the painting of Our Lady with Childfrom
the 16th century. The present parish church of St. Catherine was built
The Pag triangle
In 1999, an amazing phenomenon was discovered in the Novalja's hinterland
- 32 by 32 by 22 meters large imprint in rocky terrain.The origin of this
phenomenon remains unexplained and for this very reason it attracts the
attention of lots of tourists, various inquisitive people, people from
the media and scientists.
A theory of UFO visit had soon become widespread among the people, increasing
the phenomenon popularity even further.During summer, experts lead the
excursions, an exhibition dedicated to the triangle has been set up and
there are even plans for opening a UFO centre.
Mr. Drazen Peranic, deputy county supervisor from Old Novalja, informed
us in March 2004 of an intact archeological site containing Roman amphorae
off the eastern coast of the island of Pag. This fabulous news was soon
confirmed by an expert archeological expedition, which was organized by
the former Department for Protection of the Underwater Archeological Heritage
of the Ministry of Culture (now Department for Underwater Archeology of
the Croatian Preservation Institute).
The expert team confirmed that fifty meters off the shore the northern
cape of Vlaska Mala inlet and some 24 to 29 meters in depth, and only
a mile from Zigljen ferry port, a well preserved remains of Roman merchant
ship from the first century BC were found. .
The Novalja's region rich ancient history presupposes a dynamic seafaring,
evidence of which should be found on its seabed. Unfortunately, just like
the cultural heritage found on land, the underwater heritage of the island
of Pag is not thoroughly explored. The underwater remnants found so far
were mostly items accidentally found in the shallow coastal areas off
Caska. However, the not so extensive archeological works suggested that
this underwater region still holds many surprises, therefore, an intact
Roman shipwreck in the Velebit Channel is just one of those serendipitous