Istrian towns and villages

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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

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Lovran – Laurana: “Stanko Mihovilic’s native town and the town of chestnuts”

In 1479  late Gothic frescoes were painted and for which two painting workshops were engaged.

The workshop from Kastav painted the vault and the upper belt of the walls while the scenes of the torturing of St. George is the work of the so called “coloured master” who also painted the scene of the Annunciation in the triumphal arch.

These are the best preserved late Gothic frescos in all of Kvarner.

Two other particular buildings will capture your attention on the main and only square of the old Lovran.The first one is Franul Palace or the better known former Municipal Building with loggia on the roof.

On the front door of the palace there is a wooden sculpture of “St. George slaying the dragon”. This sculpture was made in 1845 in honour of the King of Sassonia who was a guest in Lovran that year.

The second pretty palace has another particular sculpture above the front door. The sculpture is a head of a man with long moustaches.

Walking trough the narrow streets of the old town will make you feel the old times. You will find various interesting doors and one court in particular may capture your attention. I have chosen that court as the title picture for this text. There is another Church of St. John inside the old town.

Stanko Mihovilic was native of Lovran. He was one of the most important Istrian accordion musicians of the 20th century that contributed to the development of the accordion culture in Pula and Istria and thanks to his work and passion of his followers Pula has today the Accordion Academy.

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