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Croatian hero Ante Gotovina on Hvar for prayer and retreat
Hvar - As Hvar gears up for its unique UNESCO-protected Easter procession, Croatia's most popular hero arrives for prayer and retreat.
500 years of tradition in Croatia: 'Za Krizem' underway on Hvar
Jelsa - One of the world's most interesting Catholic traditions is underway in Croatia, as the Easter Processions in six towns and villages on Hvar begin a long night.
Easter in Croatia: 'Za Krizem' exhibition opens in Jelsa on Hvar
Jelsa - Preparations for the UNESCO-protection Easter Procession in Jelsa are underway, with the opening of a photo exhibition in the town's museum.
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The procession is one of Hvar's four UNESCO heritages, the only island in the world to possess so many
Early morning on Good Friday - the procession on the high road overlooking Jelsa
The procession continues in the early morning Good Friday sunshine
Faith and devotion
Prayer and reflection play an important part in the procession
The Cross bearer is accompanied by numerous acolytes
To carry the cross is a great honour
The chanting throughout the night has been well rehearsed
The stage is set - the final steps on Jelsa's main square
The procession has taken place every year on Hvar for more than 500 years
The procession brings together Hvar inhabitants of all generations, with many having walked the route every year for more than half a century
The procession includes visits and prayer in the churches of all six locations
The 500 year-old Za Krizem religious Easter procession in Jelsa is underway
The final steps
The procession takes about nine hours through the night. Some time for reflection and rest
Hvar is a fiercely Catholic island, and the religious tradition is strong
The 22km procession takes place through the night on Maundy Thursday
The exhibition will run until April 10
The Cross bearer runs those final steps to the awaiting priest after an exhausting 22 kilometre walk through the night
The main square in Jelsa is the focal point of the procession
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