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Drid, Our Lady of the Snow (Gospe od Sniga)

Dird Hill is situated at the center of the whole Marina area, surrounded by fields and the sea. It consists of two peaks in the northwest-southeast direction. The larger northwestern part is called Veli vrh (The Great Peak), and the smaller, southeastern, Mali vrh (The Small Peak).  The Our Lady of the Snow church on Veli Vrh dominates the entire Drid Hill. Around the church you can see the preserved remains of two phases of construction that connect both peaks: the late antique towers and the early medieval rampart. The life of the late antique Drid continued until the arrival of the Croats, which would later become the county seat of the Kingdom of Croatia. A famous Arab travel writer described Drid in the 12th century: … It is an important city among the most beautiful and most defended centers. The population is Dalmatian, people who tend to take long trips everywhere. They are also well equipped with fast boats

In the Middle Ages, the area of Marina was a constant scene of battles and wars between the Trogir commune and the bishops, the people of Trogir and Šibenik, the people of Trogir and Split, and the counts of Bribir. After the death of count Vučina of Trogir, a member of the Šubić-Bribirski family in the 13th century, the Hungarian-Croatian kings donated the territory of the former county and fortress of Drid to the church of Trogir, which has since become an integral part of territory of Trogir.

The Our Lady of the Snow church was erected over an earlier building from the 6th century, also dedicated to Holy Mary. This is proven by a part of the sarcophagus built in the wall of the church with a display of a relief cross. A well still used today and located in the immediate vicinity of the church is also believed to be from the early-Cristian time. The church is rectangular in shape, oriented east - west with a polygonal apse to the east. Its approximate dimensions are 17 meters in length and 5.7 meters in width. It is built of straight stone blocks of various sizes, which is another proof of its numerous alterations over the centuries. The interior is dominated by a stone altar with the image of God the Father in which the image of Our Lady is placed. The picture of Our Lady of Drid (Gospa Dridska) was, because of the Ottoman threat, transferred to Čiovo, to a Franciscan monastery in 1500. The inscription in Croatian on a large unworked stone, located in front of the church, which reads: D(A) O(N) BLAŽENI, T(K)O ME PRIOBERNE, TOME NEĆE BITI MANI is especially interesting, as it would mean, blessed be he who turns me around, he shall not do it in vain. Our Lady of the Snow Church has been rebuilt several times over the centuries, as proven by the inscription in stone above the southern door: NAČAST G OSNIGA SAGRADU M HRVATI 1935. (In honor of Our Lady of the Snow built by us, Croats in 1935). Drid is still an important shrine, not to mention one of the oldest, visited by pilgrims from all over Dalmatia. Masses are held on the feast of Our Lady of the Snow (Gospa Snježna), August 5th, and on Easter Monday when the blessing of the fields is also performed.