Caska is one of the peaceful coves surrounding Novalja. The contrast between karst and the fertile valley, a beautiful beach and quietness in the cove will inspire all those who are seeking peaceful rest...
CASKA, a village in the cove of the same name, in the north-western part of the island of Pag, in the Pag Bay. It is located on the north-eastern edge of the wine-growing Novaljsko Polje, which descends from Stara Novalja toward the coast. Economy is based on fishing and tourism.
Caska is one of the peaceful coves surrounding Novalja. The contrast between karst and the fertile valley, a beautiful beach and quietness in the cove will inspire all those who are seeking peaceful rest. The north-western cove of Zrce has a similar atmosphere as Caska.
The village was organized on the location of a former Roman military camp (castrum), around which the settlement Cissa developed in the 1st century. In AD 361 it was badly damaged by an earthquake; part of it sank into the sea. The settlement decayed in the 13th century, during the fights between Rab and Zadar for the estates on Pag. Remains of the ancient settlement include parts of structures, an aqueduct and ruins of an acropolis on the St. George hill. Among the finds, the most prominent is the altar (thymele) of Calpurnia, a daughter of the Roman consul Lucius Pisonis, who around AD 20 took shelter in Cissa.
On the hill above the village is a Romanesque church (St. George), built on the location of an early Croatian church, the only remains being some fragments of interlacery ornaments ("pleter"). The early mediaeval church (St. Anthony), with a later Benedictine hospice, was erected on the ruins of antique structures. A high tower of circular ground-plan, used for monitoring tunny-fishing, was built in the 19th century.
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