Located in the high hills of the Peninsula of Istria, Croatia — surrounded by thick forests that sweep upward from the Adriatic Sea — Motovun is a medieval fortress city of just 531 residents. Over 1000 years old, the hilltop was once known as “Kastelijer,” and was taken over by Venice in 1278. While being held as a “Territory” of Venice, the city erected its great walls, gates, and ramparts — which are still in-tact today — giving the city its high-walled castle look.
With only 531 residents living within the city walls of Motovun, the city is now more of a travel destination in Croatia, rather than a functioning city, though the vineyards along the rolling hills outside the city gates keep the local farming economy going.
Parish Church of St. Stephen
Those who love to travel around Europe simply for the impressive, old churches will not want to…
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