Pula Off The Beaten Path

  • On our way to Brijuni by boat.
    On our way to Brijuni by boat.
    by Jerelis
  • The official ticket office in Fazana.
    The official ticket office in Fazana.
    by Jerelis
  • Leaving the harbour of Fazana.
    Leaving the harbour of Fazana.
    by Jerelis

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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

    Landscape view of the village St. Joseph church of 14th century St. Stephen church & belfry Outer gate Old cemetery plots
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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

    Rounded defense of the castle/fortress Clock tower in the military quarters floor Weapons in Ethnograph museum Sheer Cliffs of the Pazincina river & abyss Bell tower of St. Nicholas church
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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.

    View of the harbor Main riva boulevard Old town alcove for sanctuary St. Cosmos & Damian patron saints of town
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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.

    St. Blaz church front Main nave of the church Town Hall building Palzzo Bettica Ornate building in main square
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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.

    SAn Giocomo Apostolo-closed for good SAn Antonio church from 15th century San Nicolo church Town gate from 1718 Old ruins of defense walls
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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.

    View of topt and winding streets Museum in Palace Battiala Listing of All the sites of the town Zvonik tower to go up Clock tower at the gate entry
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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.

    riva
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    Fazana

    by wandernaut Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    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.

    Old town of Fazana
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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.

    memorial to the Italian soldiers Mornaricko groblje
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    All the K und K admirals were of the aristhocratic origins, you can noticed the familiar "von" in between the name and the family name, which means from.
    Many of this soldiers were killed in the huge port of Pula, where a couple of big battles have took the place.

    admirals and mariners, side by side Mornaricko groblje
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    This is a tombstone of an K und K admiral of the Italian origins.
    When strolling around the cemetery a very different family names can be noticed, most of them are of the Croat origins, but also of Austrian, Italian and Hungarian origins.

    Mornaricko groblje
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Although the families do not visit this cemetery for a very long time, it is very well preserved and maintained with the great care.
    Each of the tombstones is telling the own story, this one is of ex.admiral.

    Mornaricko groblje
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    In front of the Main entrance to the cemetery stands this cute little chapel. Right now there are no funeral services here, it is only the monument to the passing times. It worth to see the whole complex of the cemetery.

    Graveyard chapel Mornaricko groblje
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    There exist an Memorial cemetery in the town of Pula, for all the marine soldiers and officers killed under the Kaiserliche und Koenigliche Dual black-yellow monarchy. The cemetery is situated about 500 meters far from the Church of Our Lady, in the direction of Stoja.

    Austrians, Italians, Croats, Bosniaks..... mariners of muslim religion
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    Roman mosaic

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    A very large and completely reserved mosaic pavement in the central room of a Roman house not far from St. Mary Formosa was discovered while digging for the foundations of new buildings. The mosaic is 12 metres long and 6 metres wide, and because of its state of preservation, the richness of form and its artistic value, it was treated, restored and preserved in the place where it was found and where it can be viewed.
    The mosaic was composed in 2nd and 3rd century, and is divided into two unequal parts. The central field of the second part is most significant, showing the mythological scene of the Punishment of Dierce.

    Roman mosaic
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