Porec General

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    An introduction to Porec's history.

    by Askla Updated Aug 8, 2015

    Favorite thing: Porec has a history of settlement that spans 2.500 years. Preserved records by ancient Greek historians and geographers from the 6th and 4th centuries B.O.T mention a small fishing village, and archaeological findings prove it. In the 2nd century B.O.T a Roman settlement was built which later developed into a military stronghold (Rome conquered Istria in 177 B.O.T). Remainings from this time can still be notised in the way of the two main streets Decumanus and Cardo Maximus as well as the Forum. The latter is the present Trg Marafor where the original pavement hasbeen preserved on a stretch along the northern row of houses.
    The settlement was granted city or municipio status during the first half of the 1st century during the reign of emperor Augustus and was part of the Roman colony Colonia Iulia Parentium.
    The town got its own bishop as early as in the 3rd century (but had no church then) and has been a diocese ever since. The first church was built in the 4th century. It was soon replaced of another and already in the 6th century a third church was built on the same spot. That is the world famous Euphrasian Basilica.
    Porec had a kind of city-government already the 12th century and the city status dates from around the year 1250 when the town was ruled by the Venetians who stayed for 500 years until the Austrian took control over the area.
    In 1943 Porec and the rest of Istria were joined to Croatia.

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    How to find the objects.

    by Askla Written Aug 8, 2015

    Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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    Dekumanska ulica.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 25, 2014

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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.

    The Gothic palace.
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    The Romanesque House.

    by Maurizioago Updated Oct 6, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    A day trip to Pula.

    by Maurizioago Updated Oct 4, 2011

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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.

    The arch of the Sergii. The temple of Augustus. Roman mosaic. The town hall Church of S. May Formosa.
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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.

    Grisia; the street leading to the cathedral.
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    Roman ruins.

    by Maurizioago Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    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.

    The temple of Mars.
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    The Weather in Porec

    by Redang Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: I offer two links:

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    Island seen from Porec (Croatia)

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    Live the simple life!

    by bicycle_girl Written Aug 6, 2006

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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!

    Coastline near Porec
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    Trg J. Rakov&#267a and Trg Narodne

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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 J. Rakovċa Trg Narodne Joakim Rakovaċ
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    Trg Slobode

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Trg Slobode, left Trg Slobode, the brick house Trg Slobode, right
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    The Romanesque house (Romani&#267ka ku&#267a)

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    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 Romanesque house (Romaniċka kuċa)
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    The Pentagonal tower (Peterokutna Ku&#267a)

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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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".

    The Pentagonal tower, front The Pentagonal tower, behind Winged lion Winged lion
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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.

    Venetian gothic palace Venetian gothic palace Venetian gothic palace Venetian gothic palace
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    Ancient palaces, now official offices !

    by JLBG Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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