Thank you Lord, that I had lived in this world

Among the many old houses in Omis particular stands out houses from the Renaissance period, also known as the'' House of the the happy man''. It is named after the inscription carved in stone above the front door. Engraved Latin inscription that says'' GRATIAS TIBI AGO DOMINE QUIA FUI IN HOC MUNDO'' which translated from Latin means''Thank you Lord, that I had lived in this world''.

The Legend of Mila Gojsalic begins in a small Dalmatian village Kostanje in the Omis hinterland, where she was born. She lived in a time when the whole Dalmatia and the Republic of Poljica was threatened from the Ottomans. In year 1530., Turkish Ahmed Pasha gathered an army of ten thousand soldiers to defeat Republic of Poljica and Dalmatia. Turkish army camped and set up tents in the village of Gata in the Omis hinterland, where today stands a monument of Mila Gojsalic, made by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. Mila Gojsalic was the prettiest girl in the region, and when Ahmed Pasha saw Mila Gojsalic, fascinated by her beauty, he ordered the soldiers to bring the girl into his tent. Mila was taken that night in a bedchamber of Ahmed Pasha, and there against her will, she had lost her virginity. Then she chose, between eternal slavery in the harem, and life in disgrace, divine innocence and martyr's death, and becomes a warrior of Christ. When Ahmed Pasha fell asleep, Mila sneaks out of the tent and takes a torch with which she lights the fire in the warehouse of weapons and gunpowder. The mighty explosion destroyed the entire Turkish army together with Ahmed Pasha. In her suicidal course, Mila Gojsalic died. The remaining part of the Turkish army flees in fear, then they were attacked and defeated by soldiers of Poljica.
Jakov Gotovac in year 1951., composed an opera Mila Gojsalica.
In her home village of Kostanje, each year maintains a summer cultural event called Days of Mila Gojsalic. Birth house of Mila Gojsalic has now been reconstructed, with stored records and documents from the 16th century.


Thieves, heretics, traitors and people who behaved in a way that deviated from the rules of behavior and ethical norms were chained to pillar of shame. Convicted persons were exposed to spitting and ridicule by the local inhabitants, and exposed to weather conditions, high temperature, or a terrible coldness. Sometimes the consequences for the convicts were even fatal. It was a punishment for the committed sins. At the top of the tower is attached emblem of the Venetian governor. It is believed that it is set to the square in 1617. year.

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