Favorite thing: The first glimpse inside Sveta Marija na Skrilinah is a great surprise. Frescoes cover the walls and the ceiling. Every space that could be painted has been painted. And everything (nearly everything) is in such a good condition after so long !
Favorite thing: The entrance of Sveta Marija na Skrilinah does not open directly on the outside. There is a porch that protects the main entrance from rain and wind. This architectural characteristic has certainly helped to keep the frescoes in good condition.
Favorite thing: The church Sveta Marija na Skrilinah is small is strong and massive. It has been able to protect the frescoes from rain, snow, storms and sun in relatively good condition for more than half a millenary. Most alterations were man made when more windows were opened in the walls.
When you arrive at the cemetery church of Saint Mary (Sveta Marija na Skrilinah), you find first on your left a large unpaved space used as a parking lot.
You walk for twenty meters and see a small church, half hidden by old trees, in the middle of a forest. This is Sveta Marija na Skrilinah
Favorite thing: The road to the frescoes starts at the entrance of the village, on the left side and goes down into the valley. The cross road is marked by this big cross. The road is even narrower than the one leading to the village but there is very little traffic.
Favorite thing: The village of Beram is built on top of a hill and dominates the valley. One kilometer of a narrow but good road leads from the main road to the village. Beram is one of those villages set high up on hill that are so many in central Istria. Motovun, Buzet are other examples.
Favorite thing: In 1431 at the base of this tower, the Late Gothic church of St. Martin (Sveti Martin) was built. This church was decorated with frescoes that have been preserved in the eastern part of the new parish church (built at the beginning of this century since the old church was incorporated within the new monumental building).
Favorite thing: If you drive from Pazin toward Porec, after ten kilometers, a road sign shows Beram on the right. Immediately after the crossing, there is a small country bar, called ''Freske'', actually a terrace well shadowed by vegetation and a tiny wooden booth. When we arrived, the owner was talking with a group of three. We waited a while and asked her how it was possible to visit Sveta Marija na Skrilinah. She told us, ''drive to the piazzetta, there will be a lady on a bench, at the foot of the campanile. She has the key and will guide you for the visit. However, as a previous group (those who were talking her when we arrived) is going to visit, she might be gone. Then, drive to Sveta Marija, she will already be there. To drive to Sveti Marija, drive back to the entrance of the village, you will see a great cross on your right. The little road leads to Sveta Marija. We did what she said and arrived at Sveta Marija after 1500 m.