On this column, the Lion of Venice reminds another time that Sveti Lovreč was for a long time a part of the Republic of Venice. It is represented here in a more traditional way than on the city entrance. Underneath, the coat of arm of Croatia.
On the left side of the main entrance, this cartouche has been hammered. I have not found anywhere in the history of Sveti Lovreč any explanation. Only the flower has been spared ! The job has been done very carefully and no writing can be guessed.
The Lion of Venice is standing on top of the doorway and reminds that, as well as the most part of Istria, the city has long been part of the Republic of Venice. The winged lion is represented here in an unusual way. On both sides, the coat of arm with diagonals have to be Sveti Lovreč's, though I have not found the confirmation among the coats of arm of Istrian cities.
The main entrance into the city wall of Sveti Lovreč now remains fully open all the time as there are no remains of any door that would allow to close it at night as was done when it was in use or when enemies were coming. You are welcome to come in !
In the village, a side entrance into the city wall has been recently repaired, as well as large parts of the city wall. Actually, as we found this entrance first, we thought it was the main entrance and found only later that it was not !
However, not all streets are paved and some have a natural surface. They seem to be parts of the city that were built later than the city center and may have been at first inhabited by poorer citizens or by farmers as the pavement is unsuitable for cattle.
All houses are stone built and in the center of the city, the streets, no matter narrow they are, are stone paved. The pavement of the streets have been polished along the time and can be very slippery when wet.
The clock tower is build like a stronghold and has battlements on its top. It might have used as a watching place in case of attacks of the city. I have not seen any information on this tower but it seems to be contemporary to the building of the church and of the city wall, around the 10th century. On its face, the remains of an arched building can be seen.
The rear of the church is very close to the city walls, only a few meters away. It has a small window, Romanesque style too, which was not seen from the inside of the nave. It has to be in a small hidden room of the church.
When we entered the church, we discovered there was a maiden playing organ, evidently for practice. The sound of the organ in the empty church was filling the space inside the nave and was really a pleasure to hear.
The church of Sveti Martin was built between the 9th and the 11th century. It has three apses in Romanesque style. The choir has a painted decoration from the11th and 15th century. The front of the church was redone in 1834.
This carving represents the remains of a bull's head (a calf ?). It might have been the only part recovered from of a larger bas-relief. It is not in very good condition but it would be interesting to know what it was surrounded by.
An amazing carved stone, dating 1429 is sealed in the wall of the church, under the town loggia. The amazing thing is that it looks as a very modern drawing, non representational. I have found no explanation on its meaning.
The town loggia was built in the 15th century by the side of the church. A collection of stone sculptures has been gathered under the loggia. In front of the loggia, the town shame pillory, where citizen that had been condemned were tied for some time, depending of the importance of the offence.
On the right side of the entrance, a second cartouche has also been hammered. This one was text but though it has not been as completely hammered as the other one, I have been unable to decipher it though a few letters can be recognized. I would be happy to know what does that hammering means.