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Umag, Istria

The older part of the town is situated on a peninsula, and the new part spreads over the mainland alongside earlier settlements on the north side of the town. On the southern side of the peninsula, where Umag lies, there is a shallow harbour. As early as ancient times there was a settlement on the low-lying peninsula known as Umacus. Umag was inhabited in Roman times.

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Sveti Petar u Sumi, Istria

St. Peter in the Forest

A Benedictine monastery was built in this settlement, on the top of a hill, as early as the 13th century. When the monastery fell into disuse and ruins, it was taken over by Paulites from the monastery on the lake i.e. from Cepic, in 1459. At that time, new cloisters were built from materials which had been preserved: on the ground floor there are wide Renaissance arcades, which are not just decorative, but also functional.

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Pican, Istria

In Roman times this settlement was a military base and was known as Petina. From this evolved the Italian name Pedena, and the Croatian name derives directly from the Latin. It was already inhabited in pre-historic times and kept the character of a fortified town. From the 5th to the 18th centuries Pican was the seat of a bishop. In the Pican Bishopric, Mass was said in Old Slavonic. According to legend, the Bishopric was founded by the Emperor Constantine.

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Lindar, Istria

This is a small town to the east of Pazin on a high hill which rises over a fertile valley, and its walls are still standing. On its eastern side it can be reached by way of a plateau. It was probably inhabited as early as pre-historic times (the name Lindar is probably of Illyrian origin). The oldest remaining houses, low single-storey buildings, which were until recently covered by stone slabs, date from the 15th and 16th centuries. Lindar has retained the structure of a medieval settlement.

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Gracisce, Istria

Gracisce is a village situated on the side of a hill over a deep valley. It was organised as a medieval fortress early on, the home of free peasant-gentry who were mentioned in the 15th century by the Urbarium of the County of Pazin. At that time Gracisce was selfgoverning and had its own seal as a free community. The citizens of Gracisce, as free peasant-gentry, had Croatian surnames. The town was surrounded by walls with Romanesque town gates and a keep which date from 1500.

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