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Dvigrad, Kanfanar

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Ruin Tourist Spot
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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  • Make no mistake that you can bring here a few hours by, because there is definitely too small for. However, it is worth stopping here. It is a pretty picture for in the scrapbook with a beautiful view! Also, there is a history behind for the interested parties. When we were there they are just started repair work, but that was until then a single mounted scaffolding.
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  • The location is really easy to reach, there is very little parking so that also must be on the side of the road. It is also a small construction site in the ruins (restorations) which are very interesting, because not like in Germany usually everything is blocked at the moment. We were over an hour in the ruins on the way, there is no "Guide" but it was very interesting! A small "restaurant" there is on-site offering small snacks and drinks.
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  • Be sure to read the story behind this abandoned medieval village. Great location for those of ancient ruins. There are also 2 geocaches is up for grabs, the Mystery cache is even on location to fix with 4 g on your smartphone.
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  • 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.
  • Our family had such a great afternoon at this ruin. The boys loved it. It was an adventure for all. Try the pancakes at the little restaurant, they are sooo delish!
  • I was there in 2015 and it was absolutely worth the visit. The view from up there is great and there are a lot of places for good pictures. (If you are interested in this) You can even go a little bit on expedition as the area around the excavated ruins still contains some ruined towers, that aren't fully excavated.
  • Historical place that needs restauration. Has potential but need a lot of work
  • Wonderful place to visit!

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