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  • Castrum Pasinium

    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

    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...

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  • Castrum Pasinium

    ....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...

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  • Castrum Pasinium

    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

    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...

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  • The fiction about Pazin Chasm

    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,...

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  • And now the Museum - Ethnographic Museum...

    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...

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  • Into the Abyss -The facts about Pazin...

    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...

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  • Visit Pazin Castle

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Pazin chasm

    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

    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...

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  • Pazin Museum

    Well, I'm not sure it's really a "must see". I didn't bother to go in. But, come here for the view. The museum is built on the edge of the cliff and the view is amazing.

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  • Bishop's coat of arm

    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

    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

    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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  • Christ statue

    IIn front of the entrance of Sveti Nikole, sits a statue of a Christ down from the cross. Lichens are often used for air pollution monitoring. As the statue is covered with lichens, it is very good evidence that, though an industrial city, the air of Pazin remains unpolluted.

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  • Sveti Nikole, the nave

    The central nave has beautiful gothic vaults with a series of wall painting from around 1470 on the theme of the cycle of the Creation. There was not enough light and my flash light was not powerful enough to take good pictures of it.

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Pazin Local Customs

  • Jurag Dobrilla: 1812-1882

    Jurag Dobrilla is a very famous Istrian. A bishop who came form a poor rural background near Pazin and in the words of the local museum, rose from 'peasant to bishop', he played an influential role in the lives of his counrtrymen. A whole room is devoted to documenting his life in the Ethnographic Museum and as there was an englsh translation we...

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  • Neretvanska Mandarina

    Perhaps this should be a shopping tip but it struck me very much as being part and parcel of life in Pazin. As we drew nearer to the centre of town, we noticed that almost everyone passing was carrying a large bag of oranges. Outside the park in the centre, a solitary vendor did a thriving business from his van. I really admire his flair for...

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  • Bus etiquette and the children of Pazin

    We were due to leave Pazin in the early afternoon and as we strolled back to the bus office, a large school opened its doors and what seemed like at least 50% of its students flowed along with us. I'd anticipated a bit of chaos and it was certainly lively with so many children letting off steam after a morning cooped up in school. They did all the...

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Pazin Off The Beaten Path

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    by croisbeauty Written Mar 9, 2003

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    When traveling inside the Istrian penisula you may noticed a number of charactheristic small chapels like this one on the picture. This chapel is situated on the outskirt of Pazin, near the small village of Cerovje.

    The Chapel at Cerovje
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  • The Bell-Tower

    The bell-tower is separated from the church's body, and it is another characteristic which can be noticed on Istrian peninsula. Such form of the bell-tower can be seen in the cathedrals of Pula, Rovinj, Vodnjan and few other smaller towns. The bell-tower is 45 m high and represents a typical Venetian style.

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  • The parish church

    The parish church was assigned to St. Nicholas (sveti Nikola), the patron of sailors. The church was first mentioned in a document from 1266, and later it was rebuilt several times. The current form and appearance of the church dates back from the 18th century when it was rebuilt and expanded in the Baroque style. Inside the church are preserved...

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  • The old core

    This is one of the very characteristic small and narrow street of the old core of the town. It is situated right opposite of the Castle. Pazin is small town with only 5000 inhabitants but has a long history which dates back to the early Middle Ages. Unfortunately, not many signs of that long history survived until today.

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