You are home, in the castle between heaven and earth, between wishes and possibilities.
Here you are, both in future and past, alone if you wish it, in company if you need it.'
From 'Istra - the homeland of antiquity and beauty' by Josip Bratulic
Situated in the direct proximity of the Western European civilization on one side and on the border of a different cultural milieu on the other, Istria has an enviable history, written at the crossroads of three large European cultures- Slavic, Roman, and German.
Through the tumultuous Istrian history, frequent changes of rulers were marked - from the Roman Empire and Byzantium, through the Frank State, the Aquileian Patriarchy, Venetian Republic, the Pazin County, Illyric Provinces, Austria, Italy, to Yugoslavia.
Numerous nations left their traces in this area: the Liburni, the Histri (after whom the peninsula was named), the Greeks, the Celts, the Romans, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines, the Langobards, the Croats, the Franks, the Venetians, the Austrians, the Italians ...
Photo by Selma Basic