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Dvigrad, Kanfanar

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Dvigrad, is an abandoned medieval town in central Istria, Croatia. It is located in the Draga valley. The history of the settlement is prehistoric; it remained inhabited until the 18th century.
The region was settled by the Illyrians in prehistoric times. In 1345, Dvigrad was sacked by the Genoese admiral Paganin Doria during conflicts between Genoa and Venice. The Venetians sacked the town in 1383, but did not take rule of it until 1413, when a nobleman from Koper was put in governance. In the 16th century, plague and malaria depopulated much of the town. In the year 1615 it was besieged again, by Uskoks, and while it escaped capture it was abandoned save for a few poor residents within 15 years. Only three families remained by 1650. In 1714, the last residents left the town to ruin.
The Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage in South East Europe is attempting to preserve and reconstruct the town.
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  • By chance you see the remains of an enormous base castle while you walk the highway, exit, follow one of the two yellow signs of the directions and then... There are no more.... Me no bad there is the Internet. The castle (two castles) are placed in a charming place and kept very well. The complex is huge (free and unchecked but be careful always) you venture out to paths that run all around.. A beautiful atmosphere. Do you think that still there is about half to discover and restore...
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  • One in advance ... The terrible snack owner in the parking lot, who by no means give (spend) only one euro. Haven not experienced such an unfriendly for a long time ... The "ghost" city very beautiful. There is also a guide who likes to tell stories in demand and unasked. Very nice guy, his family reportedly hails from this city. There is no such thing as a really much, there is nothing signposted. Which room was for what, for example, can only be guessed. But it was still very beautiful and the imagination can revive it little town;-)
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  • A magical place, where you feel the passage of years. In this case, indeed for many years. The medieval town was depopulated in the 17th century, due to the bubonic plague. Great retains many buildings. Views of the city. I am very impressed. Not seek cash tickets, free admission. Give yourself a moment to feel this incredibly fantastic atmosphere.
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  • Great place to walk and panorama views
  • Amazing old town.
  • A medieval town abandoned in medieval times but still excellently preserved despite centuries of looting and recycling its stones for buildings of villages nearby. Offers some really great opportunities for photography or even staging. It is situated by the main road, parking place next to the walls. A must see point while visiting Istra and Croatia
  • Nice, historical place.
  • Visiting this special place, transporting you in time of faraway past, stories & faire tails
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