Calvaries in central Istria


Behind Pazin (Memorial Home), drive in direction of Pula while you will come to crossroad and then turn in direction Sarčija. You will pass the railroad crossing and on the top of the climb, turn left on gravel road. After that, you will come on the asphalted road turn right to visit Mali Ježenj (you will see a cross and you will turn on the gravel road). When you come in Tinjan, drive till the cementery where you will turn left (gravel road) and you will started to go down (to Draga). On the top of the climb, turn right to Kringa (follow the signposts to Radetići and Barat). On the way out of Barat, turn left on the gravel road becaus you are going again to Draga and you will climb up to Vidulini, Pifari, Prkačini and Krajcar brijeg and you will come to St. Peter in the Woods. Turn right till train station and then turn left, pass the railroad crossing to Grčeti (where you will turn left). One again you will pass the railroad crossing and come to Glavice. From Glavice till Grubiši drive along by the railway line. After village Žbrlini turn right and follow the sign to Trošti. After Trošti, turn left (twice) and you will come to Pazin.  

Path is very hard because of the descent in Draga but it is possible to take a shortcut.

Duration: 5 hours


Calvary/Golgotha (lat. Calvaria - skull), hill near Jerusalem where Jesus Christ died. Since baroque period, Calvaries were located in the end of the village, surrounded by a stone wall with three cross on the top (Jesus is in the middle). In the end of 19th and begining of 20th century, Calvaries were finished in Beram, Gračišće, Kringa and Žminj. It is a symbol of suffering.

There are more Calvaries in the central Istria then in coastal area. Almost every place has it`s own Calvary: Pazin, Beram, Tinjan, Kringa, Gračišće, St. Peter in The Woods, Žminj, Boljun and Paz. The oldest is Calvary in Žminj, built in 1728.

Pazin Calvary has the most beautiful view in the whole town. It is located above roundabout (if you are coming from Poreč or Pula). You can stop and climb the stairs right near peddestrian crossing. It is not familiar when is it builted, somebody says in 1837, somebody in 1860 (according to documents,  probably is then builted a church near calvary). Calvary hill is mentioned in 1780 in episcopal visitation bishop Polesini.


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The Central Point of Istria

The Istrian peninsula with a surface of 3,556 km2 spreads over three countries: Croatia (3,132 km2) Slovenia (386 km2) and Italy (38 km2). As such, it has always had an important geographic and maritime position and therefore has a rich history and cultural heritage. The extraordinary beauties of this heart-shaped peninsula can be found everywhere you look.

In 2002, the central point of the Istrian peninsula was measured using the state-of-the-art technology, by computing the centroid of a triangle whose medians, running from its peaks i.e. the three farthest points of the peninsula, intersect in the untouched nature near the hamlet of Trošti in the vicinity of Pazin.
The pinpointed site was marked by a small stone pyramid on a paved pedestal, the sides of which bear inscriptions in Glagolitic alphabet, Croatian and English.

Grad Pazin Općina Cerovlje Općina Gračišće Općina Karojba Općina Lupoglav Općina Pićan Općina Sveti Lovreč Općina Sveti Petar u Šumi Općina Tinjan

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