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Dvigrad, Kanfanar

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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  • The most interesting in underground watter tank (huge!) that still collects watter. Name means 'twin towns' and the other one is on the other side of fjord. But almost notehing left of it.  more »
  • Old fortress in central Istria. Beautiful scenery eland amazing views. Great place for hiking and taking really nice pictures.  more »
  • The place is amazing - just imaging how this place was once upon a time. Free to walk the site, amazing stone construction and layout
  • If you're a fan of this kind of stuff, the medieval ruins really worth the time. There is no tour provided and the entry is free of charge. Parking is available underneath the ruins, next to a fast food. Watch your step since some of the stones are loose.
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