On the top of the Toreta hill (58 m high), in the vicinity of a small but fruitful Tarac field , there was a fortified Illiryan settlement dating 3000-2000 years ago. Numerous Illyrian burial places were found in the surrounding area as the only remaining evidence of their enduring history in this part of Kornati archipelago.
It was built in the middle of the previous Illyrian fortress, probably in the 6th century. And it was used only for defence. Today you can still see its strong walls with 8 pillars. The tower used to have two floors with 50 square meters per each. It is worthwhile climbing on top of hill if you want to experience a breathtaking panorama of Kornati archipelago.
This church originates also from the 6th century. Exsisting church was built on the same spot, except the older one was bigger which means that this place was rather populated. It was not built by local shepherds or fishermen but by Christians that found a shelter there while fleeing from the wilde hordes that occupied the mainland.
The Illyrian shepherds, Romans, Christian fugitives and later shepherds were living mostly in Selo – a village under the hill Pedinka near Toreta. There are remains of stonebuilt houses with fragments that belonged to Illyrian and other people livng there throughout history.
Exsisting church, smaller and much simpler than the previous one, was built in the late Middle Ages. It has still its original function. Once a year, on the first Sunday in July, people from the nearby islands (especially from Murter) and the mainland come with their boats to celebrate the Lady of Tarac. It is a day when we honour shepherds and fishermen from Kornati and remember their struggle to survive.