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Vodnjan

Vodnjan

Vodnjan lies on a hill in a beautiful subtropical, Mediterranean vegetation. Vodnjan has population about 3,700 inhabitants.

Vodnjan is a little town situated in the south-west of Istria 11.7 kilometres from Pula, at the elevation of 135 metres. Vodnjan developed on the remainders of prahistorical buildings, which already existed in the entire region from the primeval times. Vodnjan was well-known in the Roman time as the city of good wine.

The town was once a large urban center. Even though little has remained from its former splendour, it is most famous as a cultural and tourist destination. The old part of town has preserved many Gotic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and palaces. The most interesting is the Bettica family Gothic palace, the popular “Kaštel” built around 1300 which today houses a museum.

One of the town’s highlights is the Parish Church of St. Blaise with its 63 meters high bell tower being the tallest in Istria. The church also keeps mummified bodies of saints and a collection of reliquaries. The neighboring village Barbariga is known for its remains of the Roman villa rustica with elaborate mosaics and also remains of an oil production structure. Vodnjan is even nowadays known for its fine olive oil.