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Brela, a town in central Dalmatia, situated on the Makarska Riviera, at the foot of Biokovo; population 1,600. The town was also called Donja Brela (Lower Brela). Hot summers are moderated by landward breeze. The air temperature in the autumn and winter months is considerably lower due to the fierce bora ("vruljska"). Economy is based on farming, viticulture (Breljanska Vugava, Prošek, a kind of port wine); major crops being olives and sour cherries (Maraska). is also important. Brela is located on the main road Split - Dubrovnik (M2, E65).
The town of Berulia, mentioned also by Constantine Porphyrogenitus (10th c.), emerged at this location. The present town developed in recent times by migration of the population from small villages and hamlets under Biokovo Mountain.

The parish church from the 19th century was built on the location of an earlier Baroque church; next to the cemetery is the mediaeval necropolis with eight tombstones adorned with reliefs (shields and swords). The church houses several tombstones from the 18th century.

Information provided by: The "Miroslav Krleža" Lexicographic Institute"

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