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Buzet (Central Istria)

Buzet is a town of truffles and beer. It is the "City of Truffles" since it is situated in an area rich in this highly prized underground fungus It lies in the very heart of the northern part of Croatian Istria. It covers an area of 165 km2, with about 6,059 inhabitants. The old town of Buzet is situated on a 150-meter-high hill overlooking the fertile Mirna river valley, whereas the new part of the town called Fontana, spreads at the foot of the hill.

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Buzet panorama Buzet and its area have been inhabited since ancient times. Illyrian tribes inhabited these areas in the Bronze Age when they began to build hilltop settlements surrounded by walls. From AD 177 to AD 476 the area was under the Roman rule, which was followed by Byzantine rule and after the great movement of the people came the Croats and Slovenes. At the end of the 8th century Istria was under the rule of the Franks, who introduced the feudal system. Buzet recognized the rule of the Aquileian Patriarch up until 1497, and from that year until 1797 it was under Venetian rule. After the fall of the fort Rašpor, Buzet became the base of the Venetian military commander of the area which had a significant effect on the town. It was the time when crafts developed, the +great care was taken about possible enemy attacks, providing arms and fortifying the town walls. Small well was renovated, large and small gates were built as well as the new parish chrurch of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the fall of the Venetian Republic, Istria came under Austrian rule, which lasted until 1918. In the 19th and beginning of 20th century, within the national revival, the struggle for equality of the Croatian people was carried out in the field of politics, culture, economy and education.

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