When we say Rab, we have in mind the whole island, its 93.6 square kilometers and the localities of Lopar, Mundanija, Supetarska Draga, Kampor, Palit, Banjol, Barbat . . . but the crown of it all is its most beautiful place, which has also given its name to the island, the town of Rab - the closely huddled Mediterranean urban complex which once reminded a literarily-minded visitor of a large white ship, swinging at anchor in the port, with four masts - the four tall belfries of Rab. On the other hand, the buildings which have sprung up outside the historical centre make up the new Rab, a modern vision of its present and future. Traces of its recent, painful and glorious past, are present both in old and new Rab - for this area, too, like all of the country, witnessed the decisive moments of the National Liberation War and eventual victory, the suffering during the occupation and the mass participation of the islanders in the partisan units.
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