Istrian towns and villages

Click on the map
to enlarge

or choose the place
from the menu below
Smrikve Pula Premantura
Brijuni Vodnjan Medulin
Fazana Galizana Vizace
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

Major influences

Tell a friend Linkedin

Klostar – Madonna del lago: “Old Pauline Monks Monastery”

Klostar is part of this virtual guide because many years ago it was a Pauline Monks Monastery. I was interested in its architecture although the property has changed a lot of owners in its history and has significantly lost its original form. Please consider that before 1930 the Monastery was located on the Cepic lake.

  • located 55 kilometres from Smrikve
  • it was Pauline Monks Monastery
  • only part of its original architecture has been preserved


Klostar is located on the road that goes from Krsan to Boljun, about 55 kilometres far away from Smrikve.

As I wrote the Monastery have lost its original form during the centuries and probably the oldest part of it is the part around the bell tower that preserve the original proportions.

The Monastery was built in the 14th century and the bell tower and the court-yard with the well are still preserved. Parts of the Monastery would need restructuring, while in the other parts people still live in it.

This Monastery was established by a Pauline Monk named Corrado at the end of the 14th century. Pauline Monks order was established in the mid of the 13th century in Hungary.

In 1385 Corrado obtained from the Lord of Wachsenstein (Kozljak) the necessary resources to build the Monastery. Ten years later the successors of the Lord of Wachsenstein donated other land to the Pauline Monks.

In 1460 the Emperor Federico III donated to the same order the land of Sv.Petar u Sumi where the Monks created another Monastery, bigger and even more important.

Over the centuries Pauline Monks established other monasteries in Istria: near Motovun, Dvigrad and Plomin. The Church of Our Lady of the Lake was the Monastery church and the tombstone of Martino Moyses, later on moved to Belaj, and other tombstones of the Lords of Wachsenstein and County of Pazin were hosted in this church.

In the 16th century the Pauline Monks moved to Sv.Petar u Sumi because the Cepic lake was not any more a very healthy place to live. In 1600 the Monastery passed to Pican‘s Bishops but the feudal rights over the land were belonging to the Pauline Monks.

In 1783 the Austrian Emperor Joseph II suspended the Pauline Monk order and Prince Auersperg bought the Klostar property and moved the tombstones from the church to Belaj castle.

Link to us

Visit Smrikve

Your name
Your e-mail
Friend's name
Friend's e-mail
Please wait...