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  • The castle's courtyard
    The castle's courtyard
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    Detail of castle windows
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    A long way down
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    Castrum Pasinium

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    The defending tower

    The present form of the castle, with two square Gothic and Renaissance towers, was built between 1537 and 1540th. Then the castle was extended by addition of the northern and eastern wings, after which constitutes the shape of an irregular pentagon.
    The huge and massive defending tower on the western side of the Castle.

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    Castrum Pasinium

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    The croat of arms

    Raimondo Montecuccoli was a famous military general in the Austrian army, in the 17th century, celebrated in the wars against the Turks. In its long history, from the late 10th century, the castle has changed a dozen owners. The last owners, family Montecuccoli, abandoned Pazin after WW II.
    The picture shows the croat of arms which lies on the eastern walls of the castle.

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    Castrum Pasinium

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    The Castle

    ....while most of the Istria had been annexed by Venice, Pazin was part of the future K und K monarchy. The last family who ruled Pazin was Montecuccoli, a family of Italian general who served in the Austrian army. Montecuccoli is a Family from Modena and there still exist their castle and large property.
    See the massive defending walls of the Castle and the parich church in the perspective.

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    Castrum Pasinium

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    The Castle Gate

    Castrum Pisinium is the Latin name for the Castle of Pazin, first mentioned in a 983 deed, it hosts Museum nowadays. In the Middle Ages Pazin was called Mitterburg, being in the possession of Count Albert III, and was bequested to the house Habsburg, making town part of Carniola....

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    Frescoes in the Church of St Nicholas

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Faded beauty - frescoes in the church at Pazin
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    Before visiting Istria I'd read quite a bit about the wealth of medieval frescoes in village churches dotted around the countryside, Beram, just a few miles away from Pazin is probably the finest example of this with a church full of stunning frescoes. I couldn't go on to Beram but looked forward to visiting Pazin's St Nicholas Church and seeing some frescoes there.

    Unfortunately, there wasn't much to see. There certainly are frescoes all over the roof above the main altar but they are in very poor condition and faded to near-oblivion. I'm not sure whether it will be possible to restore them but at the moment they are practically invisible. In fact I had to peer and peer to establish if it was actually frescoes I was seeing. The vault itself is worth seeing though and is totally Gothic. It's a particularly graceful arrangement of ribbed vaults and is described as web or star shaped. The church was quite dark, and the frescoes too high for any of my attempts at photographing them to work out. A bettter camera with a decent zoom could obviously do a bettter job but I've posted my attempts anyway. The other photos show the church viewed from the castle and the seperate Campanile added in 1705.

    Frescoes or not, this is a church worth visiting if you like churches. It's right there in the centre of town and you will pass it on your way to the castle. So if you visit and get a decent photo, please let me know.

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    The fiction about Pazin Chasm

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Maybe this is where Mathias made his escape !
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    Much more romantic than the facts, are the stories associated with Pazin Chasm. It was one of these stories,( the Jules Verne one) which made me want to come here but apparently Dante himself has been said to have had the chasm in mind when writing his Inferno.

    Jules Verne, who was never in Pazin, but was enthralled by descriptions of the chasm, set the most exciting pat of his 1885 novel, Mathias Sandorf here. This story tells of Mathias and two of his companions being imprisoned in the castle at Pazin and escaping their captors by plunging into the chasm. Apparently they broke through the window bars, climbed out and used a lightening rod to slither down into the pit. At some point it broke and one of the three was lost. But our hero was swept into the chasm and underground. There he clung to a log in the wild churning river and was eventually deposited at the Lim Fjord near Rovinj. Isn't that a great story ? The novel actually starts in Trieste and as I visited Trieste , sailed up the Lim Fjord and stayed in Rovinj, you can see why this story exerted such a powerful hold on my imagination.

    Today, there is a very active Jules Verne Society in Pazin which encourages study and translation of Verne's work and holds colourful JV days in the castle on the June date that Mathias made his daring escape. Thrilling stuff !

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    And now the Museum - Ethnographic Museum of Istria

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Istrian kitchen at the museum
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    Wherever there's a castle or a natural wonder there is usually a museum and Pazin is no exception. Its castle is home to The Ethnographic Museum of Istria, with various displays, some permanent and some temporary, over three floors. It's a vast and impressive project and though I'm not a huge fan of museums it was hard not to be entertained by this one. As well as being entertained I was very happy to be informed and this museum, unlike the one in Rovinj, has english versions of all the explanatory details.

    I didn't see everything but on the ground floor the bells and the barrels were hugely enjoyable. Because he worked in the Jameson Distillery for a few years, my husband is fascinated by barrels and this was right up his street. Upstairs on the second floor the main contemts of the museum are spread out over many rooms with breathtaking views. It's the kind of thing you expect from an ethnographic museum and focuses on aspects of everyday life of the different ethnic groups that have lived side by side in this region. Unless you are specialising in this area of study you will probably not be interested in all the details but on a purely visual level, wandering round looking at clothes, handcrafts, farm implements, musical intruments and much more, is very enjoyable. My favourite was the area dedicated to household arrangements especially culinary matters. The Istrian kitchen with it's counterpart of the modern pizza oven was warm and inviting and way nicer than any kitchen I know.

    Entrance to the museum is 15 kuna ( EUR 2) with cheaper rates for children, OAPs and groups,

    Opening Hours: Summer: Tuesday to Saturday, 10-6. Closed Mondays.
    Winter: Tuesday-Thursday, !0-3: Friday, 12-5 ; Saturday, 11-5.

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    Into the Abyss -The facts about Pazin Chasm

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    The white striated Karst cliffs of Pazin Chasm
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    Pazin Chasm also known as The Pazin Pit is one of the most dramatic sights in Istria and is interesting on many levels. It's a massive, ravine/canyon with white, striated cliffs falling away to the endless depths below. At the bottom, which is difficult to see because it's so far down and there's so much vegetation, the River Pazinicia flows towards the Pazin Cave ( underneath the castle) where it goes underground and creates two lakes. All you can see of this river from the top is the occasional glint of blue but the mouth of the cave is clearly visible. The pit, according to the relevant sources "is the best example of Karst hydrogrophy and morphology in Istria' . This doesn't mean a whole lot to me apart from the fact that this was the best example of Karst cliff I saw and that obviously the whole thing is a geological wonder. Similar cliffs but on a lesser scale can be seen all over Istra and when I got up to Trieste they were visble there too above the town.

    A newly opened hiking trail and seven information boards has now transformed this wonder into a huge outdoor museum. There are9 bridges and 252 steps to navigate your way by and en route information boards will give you all the details you need to know. These boards also descibe the attempts to explore the legendary Pazin pit, especially the first attempt by Frenchman E.A. Martel in 1893.

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    Visit Pazin Castle

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Inside the castle walls
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    This is a fabulous castle with a spectacular location. You have to walk right through town to get here and eventually the street narrows, runs downhill, then broadens out again to reveal the castle's rather bulbous rear end. On one side of the road is a house overhanging the fields way below it but when you get inside you see what the castle is overhanging. One side is flush with the side of the precipitous chasm below and really you couldn't ask for a more dramatic location. It's history is complicated and it seems like its been in everybodys hands at some stage. In 1373 it was taken over by the Hapsburgs (leading to coats of arms on the castle and the church of St Nicholas ) and was badly damaged during the War with Venice in the early 16th century. From 1766 until 1945 it was owned by Italians and eventually after World War 2 it was turned into a museum. This is a building that has been used for defensive purposes, as a centre of government, for public occasions, a prison and a place of refuge for fugitives. It 's looking well though ( given all that history ) and contrasting it now with photos on VT that were taken four years ago, there's a big difference. Pazin is the Administrative Centre of Istria and it has done an excellent job on restoring its castle and putting it to good uses. For EUR 2 you can visit the castle and the Ethnographic Museum of Istria which it houses. It's well worth the visit and looking out the windows inside, right over the chasm is thrilling.

    Opening times: Summer : Tuesday-Sunday 10-6. Closed Mondays.
    Winter : Tuesday -Thursday 10-3; Friday 12-5; Saturday and Sunday 11-5 Closed Mondays.

    If you don't want to go inside the castle you can still wander round the area in front and see and photograph the chasm

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    St. Nicholas church

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 13, 2005

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    Bell tower of St. Nicholas church

    The first church on this place was built in 1266. The only reminder of that is the latin inscription on the main door. It was a simple romanesque building with a bell tower. In the year 1441, a late gothic sanctuary with a net vault was added. The vault was painted with frescoes by an unknown master schooled in the alpine workshops (probably Tyrolean).
    The present appearance of the church dates back to the year 1764 when it was consecrated. The seven altars date from 17th and 18th century, the main one being consecrated to St. Nicholaus.

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    Pazin chasm

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Next to the castle in Pazin is a 100m deep chasm, a result of millions of years work by nature in this karst region. this is also a place where river Pazincica ends it's flow on the surface and dives into rich karst undrworld. During heavy rains a lake forms at the opening to the caves.

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    Kastel & ethnographic museum

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Main door
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    The castle of Pazin is the biggest and most preserved castle in Istria. It dates primarily from the 15th and 16th centuriesThe original fortification was elongated in form. It had a square tower, bulwarks that also encompassed the surrounding houses and a Romanesque chapel consecrated to the Madonna. A drawbridge stretched across the moat.
    Later the castle was upgraded with new fortifications. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the fortifications were remodelled: the bulwarks around the plateau over the chasm were demolished, the moat and drawbridge became unnecesary, and in the first half of the 19th century the top of the square tower was demolished.

    The castle now houses Ethnographic Museum of Istria, the Museum of the City of Pazin and the Depot of the Historical Archives since the end of World War II.

    The castle and the town of Pazin ''played'' an important role in a novel Mathias Sandorf by Jules Verne.

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    Bishop's coat of arm

    by JLBG Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    The second bas-relief is more conventional and represents a bishop's coat of arm with two roaring lions and two knights holding a banner. The cap and the cross show undoubtedly that it is a bishop coat of arm, but which one ?

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    Cardinal's coat of arm

    by JLBG Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    The third bas-relief also is conventional and represents a cardinal's coat of arm with in the bottom what looks like a goose feather for writing. On top of the coat of arm, the figure is more enigmatic and I won't write what I feel it might represent (and which it certainly does not) ...

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    Fighter angel

    by JLBG Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    Outside the south wall of Sveti Nikole, three bas-reliefs. This one depicts a frightening angel ready for fight. Would him be on a bike, he might be mistaken with a Hell's angel. But, actually, would it be a mistake ?

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