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    Tourism Offfice (Porec, Croatia)
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    Island seen from Porec (Croatia)
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    The temple of Mars.
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    Venetian Gothic style palace

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Like most houses in the Decumanus, this Venetian Gothic style palace(first photo) is difficult to look at and it is difficult to take a picture, as there is absolutely no space in front to have a general view. Too bad !

    However, on this close up on the windows (second photo), it is possible to see more clearly the delicately carved pillars on each side of the windows as well as the coat of arm in the middle.

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    The Roman Temples

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    The Roman Temples
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    Favorite thing: On the west side of the square (first photo), there remains very little of the Roman temples, the temple of Neptune (Neptunov hram) and the Great temple (Veliki hram), both built in the second century : a fluted column and the lower parts of a few walls, half hidden by laurel bushes.

    A few Roman sarcophages are scattered among the ruins of the Roman temples, under the cedar trees (second photo). They are empty and the cover has been removed. No writing is visible. The place is very quiet and peaceful, very different from the crowd in the Decumanus !

    The remains of the Roman Temple to Neptun (Neptunov hram) are the memory of the past, but (third photo) behind, in the background, Pore? is living and its inhabitants doing their laundry, and hanging their laundry behind the Roman ruins because everyday life is always stronger than remains of the past.

    The cartouche on the fourth photo shows a coat of arm representing a tree with its fruits. The tree is drawn in a symbolic way and might represent the tree of life. The tree of life can be represented under the appearance of either an apple tree or of an orange tree. Here, I would bet for an apple tree.

    The fifth photo shows a doorway which is all what remains of a Roman temple. It stays still, while the walls and the temple have fallen down long ago. It looks like the symbol of pointlessness! A wall-less doorway allowing to enter into an roof-less space ??!! It is about as useful as Jarry's handless knife with the blade missing !

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    The Decumanus

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    The Decumanus, early morning
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    Favorite thing: Early morning (first photo) is the best time to visit the Decumanus (BTW, this is true not only for the Decumanus). Everything is quiet and you have (nearly !) the whole town for yourself ! Moreover, the light is perfect for pictures !

    As early as mid morning (second photo), it is beginning to be crowdie, but you can still walk quietly ... if you have been able to park your car ! in summer, after 10 AM, parking can be very difficult and eventually impossible. We experienced it once and had to drive back to our place !

    No, no, no, now, there are too many people for us ! If you enjoy the crowd, then, that will be for you. I don't, that is why there is no photo but a picture ! I came once, some years ago, and that has been enough for me for a long time !

    Fondest memory: Quietness !

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    The Pentagonal tower (Peterokutna Ku&#267a)

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    The Pentagonal tower, front
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    Favorite thing: 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".

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    The town walls and the walking path

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 31, 2003

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    Promenade

    Favorite thing: Take a look at the other side of Porec peninsula and enjoy in walking on paved promenade which goes all around the old core of the town.
    The small peninsula where today lies the heart of the old core of the town, was most probably inhabited as far back at the Neolithic.
    The old core of the town is marked by the city walls, or what was left of it during the centuries. The part of the town, which is outside the city walls is called "Fora le porte" by the locals.

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    The Romanesque house (Romani&#267ka ku&#267a)

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    The Romanesque house (Romaniċka kuċa)

    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.

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    Dekumanska ulica.

    by Maurizioago Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    The Gothic palace.
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    Favorite thing: 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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    Roman ruins.

    by Maurizioago Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    The temple of Mars.

    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.

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    A daytrip to Rovinj.

    by Maurizioago Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    A daytrip to Pula.

    by Maurizioago Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    The arch of the Sergii.
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    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • When & Why visit Porec?

    by Srechko Updated Aug 26, 2003

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    At the beach

    Favorite thing: Busiest months to visit Porec are June - August. If you come earlier or later, you might save some money but also experience unusually cold weather and/or slow night life. Most people visit Porec for its excellent combination of day and night activities though. There is all kind of beaches in there, water is usually crystal clear. If you like sandy beaches then Porec is not a place for you. I personally prefer stone and natural / difficult to approach beaches and there is plenty of those in and around Porec. Rainy days can be spent browsing through the old town and exploring its venetian churches and romanesque monuments.

    Night life is great, but if you want to experience it to its fullest than you shouldn't limit yourself to old town. Many downtown cafe's and restaurants are open until late, but the best dicotheques and bars are located little outside the town (see my night life tips).

    Not taking at least one excursion either by land or by a boat is a big miss. Last time we took a whole day trip to Rovinj by boat. You can find a relatively good deals that include lunch, wine - as much as you can drink during lunch and guides.

    Talking about neighbouring towns - my personal favourites in Istria (of course after Porec) are Vrsar on the coast and Motovun inland.

    Fondest memory: I miss everything from here, it is my birth place. Even though I am still far away from retirement, I am already seeing myself owning a house on the coast, enjoying beautiful sunsets and going fishing...one day...

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    Other Venetian gothic palaces

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Another Venetian gothic style palace is not far, on "trg Grabara". It is even more difficult than the previous one to take a photo (first photo). It seems to be not so ''wealthy'' than the other one, as there are much less carvings.

    The second photo is another Venetian Gothic style house, at the corner of the Decumanus and a small alley. It has beautiful three cusped windows. The top level seems to be built in bricks, with only the window frame in stone. The use of bricks was very unusual in Istria.

    The third photo shows a different part of the same palace.

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    More Venetian gothic palaces

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    The Round tower

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    The Round tower

    Favorite thing: The Round tower (Oktugla kula), on Narodni Trg, was built in the second half of the 15th century. It is another of the few remains of the defenses of the city and of the city wall. On top of the Round tower, a restaurant has installed its terrace with parasols. We have not tried it but should next time (at least for the sight !)

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    Interesting houses in Pore&#269

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Superb house
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    Favorite thing: The superb house (first photo) with three cusped windows is located not far from the roman temples. Its style is looking like the late Venetian gothic, but more simple and looking more modern. It might have been built later, ''on the model of''.

    This amazing house (second photo) is not far, neither, from the Roman temples. It has not the same great looking than the previous one but seems really pleasant to live in, in a quiet part of the city, but so close from the busy center.

    I do not think that the architecture of this typical Istrian stone house of a very classical feature has anything particular (third photo), but the low-angle of the sunlight gave it a very strong character and I HAD to take this picture !

    Not far from the Roman temples, stands a strict style house (fourth photo) which seems to have been built in the late 19th or the early 20th century. Nothing fancy, but certainly a nice and quiet place to have a drink.

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