The natural beauty of the Krka River has always attracted man to its banks. The colour of its water, the roughness and tameness of its banks, the rich and poor vegetation, the grey and bright atmosphere, the rock and soil are contrasts that both soothe an
The magical Krka, blazing its path from its springs to its mouth, has formed the cascades, and broadened in places not bounded by rock to form lakes. The lake-like sections of the river's course are places of peace and quiet, as though created for the spiritual connection of man and God. It is therefore no surprise that the Franciscans built the monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac on Visovac Island, right in the middle of Visovac Lake. The monastery, church, Visovac Island and Visovac Lake are a natural, cultural, historical and spiritual entity. At another tame expansion of the Krka River, called Carigradska draga, is one of the most important spiritual centres of the Dalmatian Orthodox Eparchy, the monastery of the Holy Archangel.