Belaj (Kozljak, Italian: Bellai) is a small village and Baroque Castle in Istria County, Croatia, in the municipality of Cerovlje. Castle Belaj is a registered Historical Heritage. Castle Belaj historically has numerous hectares of vineyard. In 2017 Belaj Castle opens to the public. In 2011, the population of the village is 16. In the vicinity of the village is another castle Posert.
The castle was mentioned in 1367 as Bray in a document by Aquileia patriarch in which was given away for one year to the nobleman and vassal Dujam of St. Vito from Rijeka. After the Uskok War (1615–17) in which castel St. Martin (Posert) was devastated, previous center of Belaj estate, Daniele Barbo built this castle in the vicinity as a new residence. It was in the possession of his descendants until 1668 when along Paz, Čepić, and Kožljak was sold to Johann Weikhard from Auersperg noble family. All this castles and estates Johann united in a single manor Wachsenstein (Kožljak), and the center from the medieval castle Kožljak by which was named, was transferred to Belaj. Johann heirs reconstructed the castle in the Baroque style to rustic castle in the end of 17th and 18th century. It was in their property until 1945 when the Yugoslav government nationalized it, the owner was hanged in the center of Pazin, and the castle was given to the use of local agricultural cooperative.
Today the castle is a registered monument of cultural heritage, privately owned, partially renovated and very well preserved.
Text sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belaj,_Cerovlje https://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/moga-je-oca-ocarale-ljepota-ovog-imanja-morao-ga-je-kupiti-i-zbog-nevjerojatne-podudarnosti/6514075/
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The Castle in Kršan - Beautiful example od cultural and historical heritage in Istria.
You can check this video in 4K on YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/hfg18oNpVaI
The elevation near a large field is the site of Kršan's tower, the remnant of the medieval castle. A little town, today's Kršan, developed around the tower as the centre of the municipality bearing the same name. It was mentioned for the first time in 1274 as Castrum Carsach, the tower destroyed by the army of the Count of Gorica Albert II. At that time, the Patriarch of Aquileia ruled Kršan. At the beginning of the 14th century, Henry of Pazin-Pisino became the owner of one half of Kršan. He was the descendant of the noble family Kerstlein from Pazin-Pisino after which the castle and the little town of Kršan were named. The tip of the arrow on Henry's coat of arms is still used as the coat of arms of the Municipality of Kršan.
In the 19th century, a transcript of Istarski razvod (The Istrian Book of Boundaries) was found in Kršan. It was made by the priest from Barban Jakov Križanić. This important historic and legal document was published in 1852 by Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski, and it was transcribed in Latin script and prepared for print by Dr. Ante Starčević, later a prominent Croatian politician.
Only a four-sided tower has been preserved of the old castle. Later on, defensive and residential buildings were erected around the tower.
Text source: http://www.istra.hr/en/regions-and-towns/town-and-cities/ltz-krsan/what-to-do/arts-and-culture/castle-in-krsan
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Please check out the full extended 4K video clip on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/IGR60NVlVFQ
Monkodonja is a hill fort occupied about 1800–1200 BC during the Bronze Age, located near the city of Rovinj in the Croatian region of Istria.
It is located on a hillside surrounded by a spatial area, extending in length from 2.5 km to the sea, and on a cliff at 81 m above sea level, a form of irregular ellipse stretching east-west, 160 m × 250 m. The settlement was surrounded with three concentric walls and two entrances that have explored so far (so called Western and Northern). Not far from the road to the north door there is a pit deep 50 m. The defensive wall surrounding the settlement was about 1 km long, about 3 m wide and at least 3 m tall. It was built by laying stone in the drywall technique.
Approximately 1,000 people lived in the well-organized settlement: on the highest part was the acropolis, below it the upper town and still lower the lower town. The Acropolis, where the higher layer of communities lived, had a nearly rectilinear space. In other parts of the settlement there was a crafts area.
The Monkodonja was an important point in the communications of the northern Adriatic with Central Europe and the Aegean.
It was discovered in 1953. by B. Baćić and B. Marušić. The first research was carried out in 1953-1955. Since 1997, contemporary multidisciplinary international research has been conducted (Archaeological Museum in Pula, Rovinj's Provincial Museum, Freie Universität Berlin). Text source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkodonja
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The Pula Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. We would recommend everyone to go check it out as it is only 500 meters from #meating 😉🍴