REMAINS OF A SACRAL STRUCTURE
Excavations from 1986-88 at Vela Boška site in Valbandon yielded the foundations of an aisleless early medieval church with a polygonal apse on the outside. It was erected on the remains of a rural-type Classical settlement (villa rustica). The valuable pre-Romanesque stone furnishings date this site from the end of the 6th to approximately the 10th century.
ALTAR SCREEN FROM THE 8th CENTURY
At the end of the 6th century, at the site of the Roman villa rustica in Valbandon, an early Christian chapel dedicated to St. Pelegrin with a polygonal apse was built.
Inside the chapel stood the pre-Romanesque altar screen whose decorative stone elements have been partly preserved. This altar screen pluteus is decorated with the typical interlace ornament of the late 8th century. Due to its stylistic values, the altar screen was exhibited within the grand sacral exhibition “THE CROATS – CHRISTIANITY, CULTURE, ART” on show at the “Salone Sistino” of the Vatican Museum in 1999.