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Today we’re featuring @belladonnachapel as one of our most loved venues! In addition to sharing the history & depth behind this structure, we’re offering 10% off our suites to all hosts & guests! Now, for the story behind the heart of this breathtaking venue.
As is evident in the scripture etched in stone throughout Adriatica, the community is designed to invite God into every building. Bella Donna Chapel, in addition to hosting to many of life's most memorable occasions, is a place of prayer, meditation and worship.
Bella Donna, like Adriatica as a whole, is a replica of an ancient structure in the small fishing community of Supetar, Croatia. The chapel, strategically placed on its own island, is considered the “Crown Jewel” of the village and took 5 years to excavate and build.
On the outside, one can see evidence of the 16th-century Romanesque style in which the chapel is fashioned. From the two Venetian arched bridges leading to the island and the stone constructing the building, the chapel is very much in tune with traditional Croatian religious structures dating centuries back.
The chapel doors are shadowed by a 600 year old bas carving from Carrere, Italy. It depicts Jesus with outstretched arms, as if welcoming all inside.
Inside, a center is flanked with 22 pews which date back to the late 1800's. The chapel's altar rests in the nave of the chapel under a dome ceiling, on which is painted a dove- symbolizing the presence of the Holy Spirit.