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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.HistoryThe 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.Present dayThe Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage in South East Europe is attempting to preserve and reconstruct the town.
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  • I visited Dvigrad on a cold & wet Friday afternoon in February 2018. It is what can only be described as a ruin in ruins. A conservation group / government organisation has obviously started work to m...  more »
  • Great to get lost in medieval times while lurking through little streets and paths thinking how people lived back then. Personally I like these ruins just as they are because they tell the story and i...  more »
  • Unfortunately, these ruins of this castle are abandoned. When we went there, in the lobby there was a honeycomb inside. Unfortunately, it could be dangerous. On the other hand, we appreciated that the castle had been left in its natural, non-denature State. The event is free and non-bondee. We were actually the only ones in the Castle.
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  • Beautiful place discover. The owner of moncastel is sometimes grumpy. 1 and some 2 times a year there is a big festival with midieval times. great to see and to feel.
  • Really neat ruins to explore almost all to yourself. Recommend going later in the afternoon and the setting sun's light makes it look really cool.
  • The place is huge. You can climb many structures and the front walls for a great view.
  • Amazing place that's off the grid! An ancient huge ruin forgotten thru time! The Moncastell cafe next to this magical place really is a gem of a find from the freshly made tasty pancakes to the old medieval wine still being made the old way! The prices and value of what you get is 4stars! But the heart of the whole place which makes it come alive is Mr Branko and his lovely wife! True honest to goodness real people that we were blessed to have met and will make your day!
  • Due to frequent epidemics of malaria and plague, the Dvigrad was abandoned. The church in Kanfanar, nearby village, still keeps the pulpit from St. Sophia Church in Dvigrad, with a relief depicting St. Sophia two towns in her hand. The remains of Dvigrad were attractive to popular actor Jackie Chan who shot there attractive action scenes for movie “God’s Armor”. Explore and testify to the fall of the one-time important Istrian town.
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