The old settlement and the wharf constitute a unique environment in architectural terms.
The present church at Jelsa, dating from 1647, is in the Renaissance style. The church, which was built by the foremost craftsmen of the time, has subsequently been altered several times. Part of the old interior decoration was restored in the 1950s. The schoolhouse dating from 1774 is now a school museum. Not far from the centre of Jelsa lies the listed vicarage and a gallery.
During the summer season, you can take part in guided tours that include both the schoolhouse and the church in Jelsa.