Height is a prerequisite for a lighthouse, but isolation is not – what matters is that it is seen from afar! Savudrija lighthouse can be seen all the way from Opicina above Trieste, whose rulers built it two hundred years ago using local stone. Although this lighthouse is most famous for being the first in the world to use gas produced by distilling coal, what is also impressive is the fact that its roof is covered in roof tiles that weigh an astounding 70 kilos, and can thus withstand all winds.
Novigrad bell tower
In the past, the town square used to represent the central hub of social life of the community, and in Novigrad the bell tower that makes the town’s skyline so recognizable dominates the main square. Built in 1883, after St. Mark’s bell tower in Venice, the Novigrad bell tower was restored ten years ago, and it has since once again become the center of the summer life that bustles in its shadow, observed by the statue of St. Pelagius, the patron saint of Novigrad who sits at the top of the tower.
Towers of Rota Castle, Momjan
The old town core of Momjan is a fairy-tale-like setting that bears witness to the tumultuous history of this small town, while its 25-meter-tall towers which still proudly stand erect, close a little circle of history in this corner of Istria. The castle started its life as a fort, built in the 13th century on the cliff above the river Dragonja to defend the local population from the enemy. After a string of owners, some of whom took very good care of it while others let it deteriorate, today the tower and castle quietly watch over Momjan, widely renowned for its good wine and excellent food.
The bell tower of the Church of St. Servulus, Buje
In the old town core of Buje, the main square is the seat of the Church of St. Servulus, a luxurious beauty which boasts a 50-meter-tall bell tower built in the 15th century. And the church has good reason to boast the tower as it is one of the tallest bell towers in all of Istria! When the weather permits, the bell tower affords a view of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. It was portrayed in the town seal in the 13th century due to this view, at a time when the town carried the name “Guard City” of Istria. Today it is a beautiful and much visited observatory.
The bell tower of the Church of St. Mary of Mercy, Buje
Few places outside of big cities have more than one bell tower. But this is yet another feature that makes Buje so special! The old town manuscripts mention the name of the man who brought to the town at the end of the 15th century from a Venetian workshop a statue of the Virgin Mary, who came to him in a dream. Having brought her to the town at sunset, they had to spend the night outside the town walls. Afterwards, the statue could not be moved, so the congregation built the Church of St. Mary of Mercy around it. A hundred years later, the church was finished together with an impressive clock tower, still a proud town resident.