Cultural and historical heritage The cultural center is Krapanj. The island features stone houses and a number of streets. A special group is the Monastery of St.. Cross, in whose place 1523rd Mr. built a church that is 1937th upgraded to its present appearance. The monastery keeps the values protected by the state. The most valuable exhibits are “The Last Supper” (16th century) and the “Black Madonna on the throne” (Renaissance). The library of the monastery are kept and other values, such as the Bible out in 1474. g and 23 incunabula. The monastery is open and a small museum that contains a collection of sponges, corals, amphoras and ancient pottery. Every year the traditional feast on the occasion of Our Lady of the Angels (2nd 8). In late July the local children’s choral events (in acting and Cultural Spužvar), and in early August Krapanj held Croatian championship in the high jump at the open. In the immediate area during the summer months there are numerous cultural and sporting events from which we should mention the International Children’s Festival in June and the Dalmatian chanson evenings in August in Sibenik and the feast of the Assumption in Vrpolje mid-August. History Sponge Krapanj Krapljan is on the way of hunting, identifying and processing sponges learned Fr. Antun Greek from Crete. At the very beginning of hunting sponge (Spug) was extracted only harpoons at lower depths to be later introduced slowly and diving apparatus. In the late 19th century crew to hunt Spug comprised about 8 people of which just two or three crew members were divers, two rowers, two working the air pump while two trampled, washed and dried sponges. Then the hunt was banned sponges every three years. To enhance sponge 1893rd Mr established cooperatives which are maritime authorities from Trieste donated diving apparatus. In the late 19th century in the cooperative, there were 14 divers. 1924th authorities have banned hunting sponges crews who had appliances in depths less than 16 m to the crew without apparatus could equally participate in the harvesting. By the 1940s. Cooperative is disposed with 20 diving apparatus and the same crew and up to 400 people lived by these activities. By the 1912th Sponges are not processed but are only Gaza and dried which resulted in the price. From that year in processing introduces sodium sulfate, which helped remove calcium compositions which contributes to Spug have white – yellowish color and helps increase the price so that today 1 kg crude sponges priced at around $ 70. KRAPANJ is the smallest and lowest inhabited island in the Mediterranean area of 0.36 km2 and an average elevation of 1.5 m is known for its traditional harvesting and processing sponges. It is about 300 m from the nearest land where the village Sibenik. BRODARICA is a village located along the Adriatic highway, 5 km south of Sibenik. The population is mostly engaged in tourism. Beaches are sandy and rocky beaches in the village and on nearby islands which can be reached by renting boats.