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Peroj Svetvincenat Marcana
Bale Kanfanar Mutvoran
Monkodonja Dvigrad Krnica
Rovinj Zminj Rakalj
Lim Bay Sv. Petar u Sumi Barban
Klostar Tinjan Rasa
Gradina Beram Labin
Vrsar Trviz Rabac
Funtana Gracisce Sv. Martin
Sv. Lovrec Pazin Sumber
Sv. Ivan Lindar Pican
Porec Kascerga Krsan
Mali Sv. Andjelo Zamask Klostar
Baredine Cave Motovun Kozljak
Tar Oprtalj Gologorica
Visnjan Zrenj Paz
Vizinada Zavrsje Belaj
Novigrad Grimalda Boljun
Karpinjan Draguc Lupoglav
Dajla Racice Raspor
Brtonigla Sovinjak Slum
Seget Vrh Ucka
Umag Hum Plomin
Savudrija Roc Brsec
Groznjan Buzet Moscenice
Buje Kostel Lovran
Momjan Salez Opatija
Istra Veprinac

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Tinjan – Antignana: “In the 16th century it was among the four most important communities of the County of Pazin... and today is the kingdom of the dried Istrian ham...“


During the following century town walls were rebuilt and in 1457 Tinjan was again involved in a war between Venice and Austria. In 1508 there was another war between Venice and Austria and Tinjan was occupied by Venetians until 1523.

During the 16th century Tinjan was among the four most important communities of the County of Pazin together with Pazin, Pican and Groznjan.

From 1578 until the end of the century was considered town and later on returned to be the village. In 1616 Tinjan was involved again in the Uskoci war between Austria and Venice. Venetians occupied Tinjan and demolished for the second time the town walls but few years later, in 1618, Tinjan was returned to Austrians. 

Tinjan was for several centuries part of the Austrian dominions in Istria and for a short period of time was under Napoleon domination. After the First World War and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Tinjan, was part of Italy and after the Second World War became part of Yugoslavia (Croatia).

During the Italian Fascist period in Istria many Istrian families suffered from the regime or had to leave Istria. Fascism in Istria applied various repressive measures mostly towards Slav populations and this created the Antifascist Movement. The Second World War was a very painful experience for the Istrian population and many innocent Istrians, both Slav and Latin, died during that war.

After the second World War Tinjan became part of Yugoslavia (Croatia). There were three agreements between Yugoslavia and Italy which established that Istria would become a part of Yugoslavia: Paris Agreement of 1947, London Memorandum of 1954 and the Osimo Agreement reached in 1975. In the first decade after the Second World War many Istrians, especially those living in towns and villages that for centuries were part of the Venice Republic, decided to leave Istria.

In 1991 with the fall of Yugoslavia and the founding of the Republic of Croatia, the internal republic boundaries were recognised as the state boundaries and Tinjan is today part of Croatia.

In 2013 Tinjan became part of the European Union. You can not change the past but you can try to learn from it. The main aim of the European Union founders was to build a system that could avoid future wars and future refugees in Europe as I explain in COSMOPOLITE.


TINJAN - ANTIGNANA: recommended video by ISTRIA from SMRIKVE

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