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Euphrasius Basilica, Porec

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Visit Euphrasius Basilica to see one of the best-preserved early Christian cathedral complexes in the world. The 6th century bishop Euphrasius ordered the construction of the church, which is now a World Heritage Site. Walk along the two rows of marble columns with richly sculpted Byzantine and Romanesque capitals. Admire the only surviving depiction of the Mother of God in an early-Christian western basilica. Look for the mosaic of Mary and child sitting on the heavenly throne in the vault over the apse. Don't miss the marble ciborium, modeled on the one in St. Mark's in Venice. Climb up to the steeple and take in views of Porec and its surroundings. To visit Euphrasius Basilica and other attractions in Porec, use our Porec trip builder.
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  • It was nice to take a break from beaches and discover a little of the history of Porec. It was amazing to see artefacts so well preserved and our tour took long enough for an adult culture fix but was...  more »
  • We visited the complex on the last day of vacation and by accident. A great find that left us breathless. For those who love history, archaeology and the discovery is an important milestone.
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  • Climb the bell tower for spectacular views. If you go on Sunday its free but the mosaics and bell tower are not open.  more »

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Porec serves as one of Croatia's most visited seaside destinations, so advance booking is essential for all travelers visiting at peak season. The city's inventory of lodgings includes everything from five-star hotels with sea views and all the modern amenities you need, to simply furnished rooms in rural houses a short drive outside the city. If you want to stay anywhere near the city center, expect steep prices and few bargains. For a budget-friendly alternative, look for small hotels and self-catering apartments outside the central district.
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