It was built in the 13th century. It should house a museum and an exposition hall, Unfortunately I found it always closed.
This building is located at the crossroad of the Decumanus and Marafor square.
Pula is the largest town in Istria. It is located at the southern tip of the peninsula. This town is well known for its Roman monuments. Here you can see a huge amphitheater built in 79 AC; the temple of Augustus; built between 2 BC and 14 AC. The arch of the Sergii (1th century AC) and other ruins.
I think Pula is a good place for shopaholics. In fact it has great choice of shops.
The journey from Porec to Pula should last around 1.30 hours.
Rovinj is a picturesque town some km far from Porec. Its old core is located on a peninsula that was once an island.
It is a popular tourist resort with plenty of accomodations, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Rovinj is overlooked by the cathedral of Saint Euphemia built in 1736 and located on the highest point of the town.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed spending some time in the maze of cobbled narrow streets of the old center of Rovinj.
Favorite thing: There are some Roman ruins near Marafor square. These are three columns that were part of the temple of Neptun. In a field near these ruins there is what remains of the temple of Mars; a sarcophagus and some other ruins. These ruins date to the first century.
This is the main street in Porec and was also the main road during Roman times. It runs through the center of the old town.
Today Dekumanska is a car free street with lots of shops and several cafes.
On this street you shouldn't miss a Gothic palace built in the XV century and the museum inside Sincic Palace (XVIII century). Unfortunately it was closed last time I visited Porec.
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Favorite thing: All you need is a bathing suit, and hang out in the water. The coastline is rocky, do not expect sand. But people are still happy and find a little corner to lay the towel down. The water is refreshing and there is lots of room for everyone!
When you walk from the main parking lot close to the market, (there is another large one and several small ones), to the Decumanus, you cannot avoid Trg J. Rakovċa (first photo). What is impressive is the variety of the colors of the houses : pale blue, apricot, pistachio green, etc.. That makes a delightful landscape.
In Poreč, many houses have their front painted with this apricot color. The apricot color of the front of the houses matches perfectly with the blue of the sky. This is not completely given by the picture (second photo) on VT, as the colors are not exactly what they should be. Sorry !
Unsurprisingly, the statue of Joakim Rakovaċ, national hero, stands in the middle of Trg Rakovca (third photo). It is difficult to avoid walking along it. It illustrates one of the numerous chapters of the uneasy history of Istria and of Croatia.
Trg Slobode is part of the new Poreč, 'fore le porte', but just at the entrance of the Decumanus. Hence it is always very lively, with a lot of (pedestrians !) traffic, as it is already, like the Decumanus, a pedestrian only zone (first photo).
The second photo focus onone particular house of Trg Slobode. There are not many brick houses in Poreč (neither in whole Istria). This brick house, with its stone carvings around the windows, catches the eye because of its special character. There must have been a time when brick building was more 'fashionable' than stone building, that everybody did !
While the first photo showed the left part of Trg Slobode, the third one shows the right part. Note that there are several ATM in Poreč but that you will find (at least) two of them on Trg Slobode, not on the part shown on this photo but on the right.
Favorite thing: The Romanesque house (Romaniċka kuċa) is in Matije Gupċa park. It has an outside staircase and a wooden balcony and was built in the 13th century on the basement of a Roman house. It is the only of its period remaining in Poreč. The wooden balcony has been rebuilt in 1930, exactly alike the older one. It is now an ethnography museum.
The Pentagonal tower (Peterokutna Kuċa) was built in 1447 by Niccolo Lion as a defense tower for the city walls, which were dismantled at the very beginning of the 19th (when Napoleon ruled Istria ?)
Is it really pentagonal ? At first sight (first photo), it does not seem to be !
However, even if it looks square from the Decumanus, the Pentagonal Tower is actually pentagonal from the rear ! I have checked because I was puzzled about it ! So the so Pentagonal Tower IS definitely pentagonal ! (second photo)
High on the Pentagonal tower, a cartouche with a winged lion is engraved in the front wall (third photo). It is another testimony of the presence of Venice in Poreč. Underneath, the letters N U flank a smaller cartouche with another winged lion. What N U stands for, I have not found anywhere.
The fourth photo is a close up on the lion holding an open book, meaning "peace" while when it holds a sword, it means "war".
When the old city of Poreč is quiet and almost desert, you can look at the front of the houses instead of trying to avoid bumping against other pedestrians ! I hate that and whenever I can, I avoid it.
These four photos were taken on the occasion of a small trip to Istria for white truffle tasting, in early November. I had never seen the city so quiet ! That allowed me to discover new Venetian gothic palaces that I had never spotted in Summer. However, there remains to identify them and learn more about each of them, which I am now trying to do.
The imposing building on the first photo is unidentified. It looks like a theater and I hope that some one will give me the answer ! On top, a woman between two angels holds a cellular ! No, that cannot be ! It should be one of the seven muses playing music (what was her name ? Isn't that Terpsichore the muse of dancing?)
The second photo obviously shows an official building. I would bet it is the harbor authority.
The church of "Lady of the Angels" (Gospa od andela) is also "fore le porte". It can be seen as soon as you go out of the Decumanus (first photo).
It was built in the 18th century on trg Slobode. The pastel colors of its outside walls are very pleasant to the eye and matches perfectly with the neighboring houses (second photo).
The rear of church of "Lady of the Angels" (third photo) is all pastel pink color. Behind the church, a long and low building hosting caffes and other shops has a pale olive first floor and a dark brick colored basement. Together, all this colors make a superb landscape.
Lady of the Angels, though relatively modern (18th century) is very elegant, mainly because of its very simple look and because of its pastel colors which both match well together, match well with the neighboring houses and match well with the blue of the sky (fourth photo).
Favorite thing: These four photos do not present any fancy or historical buildings but try to give the feeling that you will have when you can wander freely in the small streets and narrows alleys of the old town with nobody around but a few locals. You will perhaps get along a nun clothed as they used to be, long ago, wandering with her family (niece and grand niece ?), or after a narrow lane, find a wider place with a small lawn and a palm tree.