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    Vodnjan

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 26, 2012
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    Small town of Vodnjan is situated only 10 kilometres north of Pula and worth of visiting. It has very interesting medieval structure which was restaurated in passed few years. The city centre is dominated by the structure which has very strong Venetian architectural influence. The local cathedral is in particularly interesting for its mumia.

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    Vizace - Nesactium

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    About ten km to the east of Pula, near the airport, is Vizace, one of the most significant archeological localities in Istria. A very important prehistorical settlement which in the Illyrian period became the main political and religious center of the Illyrian tribe Histri. Vizace was called Nesactium in that time.
    Within the fort-hill settlement a large Histrian necropolis of cremated burial remains have been discovered. The necropolis has been dated to the time from the 11th to the 4th century BC.
    Roman troops overran Nesactium after the decisive victory over the Histrians under the walls of the settlement in 177 BC. A Roman settlement (municipium)began developing on this site and numerous conserved remnants of this architecture are visible today. A capitol with three temples built in the 2nd century merits special attention.
    Nesactium was destroyed during the Slav-Avarian forays into Istria between 599-611 and was never restored.

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    The sculpture safari park

    by tobhamor Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Just out of Labin town, 35 mins walk from the bus station, you arrive at Dubrova, and the very strange sculpture park. This park on the edge of town seems mostly known to cyclists, joggers and people walking their dogs. It's overgrown and the sculptures are so far apart you get the impression you're supposed to drive through. Entrance is free. It's a strange but interesting place. If you're following the road out of Labin watch for the sign saying "Mediterannean sculpture symposium" and you're there.

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    The sculpture safari park

    by tobhamor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just out of Labin town, 35 mins walk from the bus station, you arrive at Dubrova, and the very strange sculpture park. This park on the edge of town seems mostly known to cyclists, joggers and people walking their dogs. It's overgrown and the sculptures are so far apart you get the impression you're supposed to drive through. Entrance is free. It's a strange but interesting place. If you're following the road out of Labin watch for the sign saying "Mediterannean sculpture symposium" and you're there.

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    BRIONI (aka Brijuni)

    by Anita_Porec Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Brioni National Park

    You must visit Brioni while in Istra, if you get a chance. please, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BATHING SUIT BEHIND as some of us stupids did!! The beaces are magnificent and you will not see such splendid clear water anywhere else. You just have to take a swim while here:)

    Now, this is where Josip Broz Tito used to reside and his museum is stacked with cool things and pictures sunsh as tons of pictures of cool peole that visited him in Brioni (incl. Sophia Loren, Castro, Josephine Baker...etc)

    Fore more info on Brioni you can check out my travelogue:)

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    Beram and Its Beautifu Frescoes

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    This hilltop village has only 250 people. Formation of a settlement dates back to early BC based on archaeological findings in the 1800's. The village once was surrounded by a defensive wall. A number of the houses are from 15-17th centuries. The center is anchored by the the church of St. Martin that was built in 1431. It has had a modernization, but the interior infrastructure remains, along with some frescoes from inception. The church is usually closed.
    The more important is the church of St. Mary (Sveta Marija na Skirlinah) from the Middle Ages. This was the church by the cemetery and in 1474 Vincent of Kastav painted frescoes of the life of Jesus and Mary, as well as the adornment of the of saints and poses of death nell for rulers and gentry in the middle of the Dance of Death painting. In the 18th century, the walls was mortared over, so preserved a lot of the frescoes, which were re-discovered in 1913. This is by far close to equal of Giotto frescoes in Padova chapel in Italy.
    You need to find the woman that opens the door to St. Mary by going to #38 house in the square, and she takes you down to the church; about 1/2 mile down the hill. Tip her for that is all she earns for this.
    Take autohighway A8 to Pazin and go through it for 6 more miles on way toward Motovun.

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    Motovun

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 11, 2010

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    This Medieval town is 886 feet high on the hilltop, and has houses stringing along the road up to the old main gate entry, which is from the 14th century. The newer gate dates to the 16th century, and the defense walls are from 12-13th centuries. The St. Stephen church is the main feature up at the top, and is said to be designed by Palladio in Renaissance style, and the church built early 1600's, but the belfry is form 13th century and is part of the first church on the site. It has paintings from 17th century and marble statues of old of St. Stephen and St. Laurence.
    Inside the old gate is/was a communal palace and Romanesque house that was built in 12th century, and updated in 16th and 17th centuries. Of great interest is the cemetery at the entrance that is back to early AD period. Today, there are grave laid just recently, though, and multiple family members in a plot.
    The town is pretty touristy and buses come her besides. That makes it one of those you wander to the top, maybe window shops, and leave. Parking is at the foot of the hill for $3 charge; a rip for 2 hour visit. You can take a set of steps of maybe 300 or so as an alternative.
    From Pula, take Auto highway 8, and go through Pazin for about 18 miles north

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    Pazan

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 11, 2010

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    This town had control of much territory in the region back in Medieval ages to about 1600. Feudal lords reigned the territory and used the other towns to support the Pazin economic needs. It sits about 400 feet on a hill and at the top is the old castle/fortress, called Castle of Pazin. It is first known to exist from writings in 983. Through about 1400 the castle was under control of local rulers, but then Austrians took over, and in 1506 Venetians took over, but destroyed much of the castle in fighting.
    On one side is the most magnificent hole/abyss Jama, a unique natural monument, that has an endless bottom not seen from top level. The Karst Cliffs are sheer and steep rough limestone rock and drop down of 100 meters to the base of the Pazincia river. That river runs into a cave that forms three lakes underground and under the castle hill. The exploration of the cave and lakes is ongoing today and so far they ventured about 600 feet. The abyss never runs dry, even is the worst drought weather.
    Besides the castle, which has a very fabulous and expansive ethnographic museum inside that got its start in 1955. The town also has church of St. Nicholas dating to 1266, but rebuitt in 15th and 18th centuries. The bell tower is from 1705.
    Take Auto highway A8 for about 30 miles north to Pazin

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    Fazana-A fishing village-now tourism fishing

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    This is a coastal town and a drop off point to get to Brijuni Island, not far off the coast. The settlement dates back to Medieval times. Many ruling factions have controlled this town because of its strategic location for trading and defenses. They include Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Austrians for the major names. Fishermen still go out of this harbor daily for their small catches, but fresh daily. In the 19th century Brijuni Island came into being for its spa and seaside relaxing, so Fazana became the staging point, and tourism started then. A lot of structures are from the 18--19th centuries.
    Church St. Cosmo is the major church in the town, and the boardwalk stroll is nice to do.

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    Vodnjan

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    The town is only 8 miles from Pula, and a nice place to see the churches and the streets with shops and everyday living. It became a military outpost for the Romans in early AD, then control was transferred territorial intruders until Venetian empire got possession in 1331. That lasted until 1797, when Austria then took over the rule.
    The town has many preserved old buildings from the 17th-19th centuries. Church St. Blaize is the iconic wonder of the town, and it has the the remains of St. Blaize there for viewing. There is a small museum besides with some treasury items and religious artifacts. Palazzo Bettica is the main square with many Gothic style buildings.

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    Barban-Little Village with Churches

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 10, 2010

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    This is a settlement from Medieval times. It has been under control of Pazin rulers, and Venetian, then Austrian for a few. The town gate is still intact from 1718. SAn Giocomo is from the 15th century but no access today. SAme goes for SAn Antonio at the end of town with its faded frescoes from 15th century. Today it is a working village for the locals from around the community to come to town to shop. There are three churches here to see--but all were closed, and maybe only one may be open for viewing at times. The others are getting close to state of disrepair. The reason we stopped here was to go into the churches. The village is still worth a quick one hour visit. Take Hwy 21 south from Rijeka for about 25 miles.

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    Labin-A Wonderful Hilltop Setting

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    As you wind up the road toward the top of the hill , the impressive monuments stand out. This was one of the better villages to stop for a day or so and enjoy all the sites to tour, and the old architecture. The coal mining industry was what kept this town thriving and finally ceased operation in 1988. In the museum, they have a replicated mine underground (not for the claustrophobic). The museum is a great presentation of ethnographic items and artifacts of the town, in a setting of a beautiful palace. On the top if the Fortica-fortress remains. It has been controlled by Pazin rulers in 1300's. The town has done a splendid job of directing you to all the sites. Do not forget to go to the top of the tower for a view of the Adriatic and Rabac for only $2 fee.
    Take Hwy 66 that becomes Hwy 21 and go for 25 miles north.

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    Riva

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 4, 2009

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    This is the most attractive part of Pula's riva, situated in between hotel Riviera and Arena. There is small park in behind offering attractive greenery for resting in a hot summer days. There is kiosk with fast food in front and good looking cafe-bar inside the park.
    The rest of the riva isn't that attractive, Pula has one of the biggest shipyards in Croatia, situated inside the bay where riva is, so its more or less industrilized.

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    Fazana

    by wandernaut Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Old town of Fazana

    Hitch a ride to Fazana, which is 8 kilometres north of Pula along the Istrian peninsula. Framed with olive groves, vineyards and fragrant pine woods, Fazana is a small fishing town with a relaxing atmosphere and the start off point for Brijuni Islands. The town dates back to ancient Roman times and filtered through centuries of cultures succeeded one another -- Byzantines, Romans, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians -- fought in the area. What's left behind are great examples of Venetian architecture, picturesque squares overlooking the calm Adriatic and narrow stone paved streets are only part of Fazana's heritage. While the nightlife is not excellent, there is a gastronomic affair just waiting to be sampled in many restaurants and bars in the area. Exquisite seafood, wine and olive oil is something that the locals take pride in. Summer months is filled with interesting cultural and music events i.e Pilchard Festival. During the hot summer days there is nothing like taking a 'bath' in the sea at sunset.

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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    This is a part where the Italian soldiers have been burried. It is written:
    AI CADUTI
    LA PATRIA RICONOSCENTE

    .....qui saranno ricordati per sempre.
    TO FALLEN
    ...here they'll be remembered forever.

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