The monastery keeps valuable works of art, decorative arts, paintings and sculptures, some of which exceed local significance and with their quality and excellence reach such a high level that many much greater and more renowned towns than Pag would be very proud to have them.
Throughout its history, the monastery has always been a recognizable and active part of the life of Pag, which was manifested in various ways. The Benedictine nuns of St. Margherita were the first teachers in the town and they founded the first school for girls where, for centuries, they taught girls how to read and write, educated them in the Christian spirit, and trained them in sewing lace free of charge.
Production (history)
According to records, continuous production of these bakery products dates back to the 16th century and is closely related to the Benedictine monastery of St. Margherita on the island of Pag. In addition to lace making, Pag baškotin /Pag rusk/, Koludraška štrika (Nuns’ pastry), kolacić (bagel), badešina torta (Abbess’ cake), rafijoli /ravioles/ and pandešpanj /sponge cake/ are, locally and widely, considered very important cultural heritage of the island of Pag and an essential element in the development of the social identity of the inhabitants of the island.
Benediktinski samostan Sv. Margarite Pag
The Benedictine monastery of St. Margherita is a treasury of preserved tradition and still live practice. Making bagels and nuns’ pastry aims to preserve and develop specific historically rooted creative culinary skills originating from the Benedictine community. What makes our nuns’s mediaeval specials recognizable and outstanding, is the fact that they are high-quality products exclusively home-made in small batches.