Due to COVID 19 pandemic in Europe Dame Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza decided to self-isolate on the island of Lopud in Dubrovnik area with her two daughters while her son remained in Austria. They arrived on the island of Lopud in the Elaphite islands archipelago about a month ago and are currently enjoying in the privacy of a 15th century Franciscan monastery.
Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza came to Croatia during the Homeland War in the 90’s in her attempt to protect Croatia’s heritage and artwork. She fell in love with the island of Lopud seeing its potential as the European jet set paradise and the aforementioned monastery as a representative residence for her family. A 99 years long concession was obtained and after 16 years of restoration works in 2018 a part of this monastery has been opened to public.
Being a philanthropist and a contemporary art collector through the work of her Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation she regularly participates in Biennales by commissioning new works of art. Since 2007 an art pavilion –Your Black Horizon as a unique architectural and lighting installatio in the centre of Lopud after being presented at the Venice Biennale in 2005. The authors are Olafur Eliason and David Adjaye.
Although most visitors would come to the island of Lopud during summer months in order to enjoy in its sandy beaches and the mesmerizing colour of the Adriatic Sea it has much more to offer.
If you are intrigued by this perfect hideout place discover it by taking our Island Cruise from Dubrovnik or Afternoon Sailing with Galleon tour.