Old Supetar was situated on the small peninsula where there is now a graveyard. The settlement came to an end during the early Christian era. In the late Middle Ages a new settlement started around the bay known as St. Peter's, from which the town derives its name. It originated from the Latin S.v Petar during the Latin population of the town. "Sv" stands for "Sveti", meaning saint, therefore it takes its name from Saint Peter, which is the name's English equivalent translation.
The present settlement of Supetar was founded in the 16th century when people living in Nerežišča, about 8 kilometres inland, began to use it as their harbour. The town's main period of development occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries when Supetar took over from Nerežišča as the administrative centre of the island of Brač.
Supetar (Croatian pronunciation: [sǔpetar]), is a town on the northern side of the Dalmatian island of Brač, in the Split-Dalmatia County, in Croatia. It became the island's official centre in 1827. With a population of 3,326, it is the island's largest town. It is accessible by ferry (Jadrolinija, the ferry ride from the mainland city of Split takes 45 minutes) or via Brač Airport which is located 30 kilometres to the Southeast. Supetar is the former and current administrative center of the whole island and the only settlement on the island that has the status of the town, which includes the places of Mirca, Splitska and Skrip. Supetar, with its 3,500 inhabitants, is the largest settlement on Brac, and the economic, cultural and tourist center of the island, where one fifth of all the islands lives. Supetar is located on the northern coast of the island of Brač, in the bay of Sv. Petra, which is named after it, is one of the most famous tourist centers of Dalmatia. Supetar is the ferry connection, which is the most frequent on the entire coast, connected to Split.
Address: Vlačica 5, Supetar, Otok Brač, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija 21400
Telephone: +385 (0)21 756-710
The economy includes agriculture, vineculture, olive growing, fishing and tourism, with Supetar meeting the high standards and requirements of tourism.
The present parish church from the 18th century was built on the foundations of the early Christian basilica of St. Petra. Immediately to the church are early Christian mosaics from the 6th century and Leroj (bell tower with clock), church museum and monumental stone terrace with staircase. Ivan Rendic was born in Supetar, a famous Croatian sculptor of the 19 th century. In the local cemetery there is the Mausoleum of the Petrinovic family known as the work of sculptor Tom Rosandic. The local feast is on the day of the patron saint of St. Peter on June 29th.