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Cultural sights and monuments in Umag and Novigrad

Culture in Umag is a major highlight of the Croatian city's allure. So a trip to the town along the Adriatic Coast would not be complete without seeing some of the historical sites and exploring the Croatian culture of the region.

Cultural sight Belvedere (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Belvedere This is the only loggia in Istria that is situated by the sea. It probably rests on an older part of the defensive walls (ruins of a tower). Presumably constructed in the 16th century...
Belvedere Info

Cultural sight Biforium (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Biforium As the plaster was removed from the front of a building at Trg Pozzetto in 1994, a Late Gothic biforium (double-arched window) was discovered, reused as spolia and stemming presumably from one of the medieval churches...
Biforium Info

Cultural sight Bishop Mauritius Ciborium (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Bishop Mauritius Ciborium The hexagonal ciborium (vaulted altar canopy) stood in the baptistery next to the Novigrad cathedral. Its ancient appearance was recreated in a drawing by L. Dufourny (1754-1818), who had found it in a dilapidated condition...
Bishop Mauritius Ciborium Info

Cultural sight Campanile (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Campanile In 1883, the Novigrad comune (municipality) commissioned the erection of a campanile next to the St. Pelagius' Church, a free-standing bell tower crafted after St. Mark's Campanile in Venice...
Campanile Info

Cultural sight Cistern (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Cistern The cistern dated to 1496, is located in an enclosed area. Its wall is decorated with curved wreaths. It is presumed, that the circular marks at the foot of the cistern opening served the measurement of the water level.

Cultural sight Cistern Pozzo Novo (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Cistern Pozzo Novo The round cistern is constructed of six stone plates, adorned with a coat of arms of the Venetian Podesta A. Civrano (1506-07), the oldest known coat of arms of the Novigrad municipality.

Cultural sight Crypt (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Crypt Behind the high altar of the St. Pelagius' Church lies a sunken (Early) Romanesque crypt, the only of its kind in Istria, and one of only a few in Croatia. The crypt has three naves, with strong cross vaults and two small, vaulted spaces in the dead corners...
Crypt Info

Cultural sight Estate of the Counts Rigo (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Estate of the Counts Rigo The (Late) Baroque building complex, erected in 1750, is located in Karpinjan, one kilometre north-west of Novigrad. The country mansion was commissioned by Carlo Rigo, a Novigrad nobleman who left deep and lasting traces in the city's cultural life...
Estate of the Counts Rigo Info

Cultural sight House with Gothic Windows (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight House with Gothic Windows The two window openings in the Gothic style are of Venetian origin. They probably originate from the 15th century.


Cultural sight Late Baroque Portal (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Late Baroque Portal A stone portal from the end of the 18th century in Ribarnička ulica.



Cultural sight Lighthouse of Savudrija (Savudrija, Istria)


Cultural sight Lighthouse of Savudrija It is situated on the westernmost tip of Croatia and is 36 metres high. The architect Pietro Nobile designed it at the request of the Stock Exchange Deputation from Trieste (nowadays Chamber of Commerce)...
Lighthouse of Savudrija Info

Cultural sight Neo-Gothic Building (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Neo-Gothic Building The house was erected in the 1920s, modelled after the Venetian Gothic style. The façade bears an older relief of a coat of arms of Venice the winged lion with an open book.

Cultural sight Rigo Palace (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Rigo Palace The Rigo family belonged to the original nobility of Novigrad (having carried the comital title since 1743). For centuries its members held the most important public offices in the city...
Rigo Palace Info

Cultural sight Sarcophagus (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Sarcophagus The sarcophagus probably stems from Early Christianity. The coffin surfaces are very simply adorned, and its top has the shape of a gable roof with akroteria (decoration) at the corners.

Cultural sight Sipar (Savudrija, Istria)


Cultural sight Sipar The Tabula Peutingeriana, the most ancient geographical map, mentions the settlement by the name of Sepomaia. In 876 it was attacked and destroyed by Prince Domagoj...
Sipar Info

Cultural sight Stancija Grande (Savudrija, Istria)


Cultural sight Stancija Grande This villa used to belong to the Fabris family, counts of Begliano in Friuli. In the late 19th century they sold the buildings and the surrounding land to the Cesare family...
Stancija Grande Info

Cultural sight Stone Collection of the Lapidarium Museum (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Stone Collection of the Lapidarium Museum The stone monuments of the Novigrad Lapidarium Museum are cultural goods of national importance. The main collection consisting of 101 pieces was enlarged in recent years with new finds made during the latest conservation works in the crypt...
Stone Collection of the Lapidarium Museum Info

Cultural sight Sv. Petar - St. Peter (Savudrija, Istria)


Cultural sight Sv. Petar - St. Peter This strategically situated locality was originally a prehistoric citadel. Few traces remain nowadays, due to ground erosion...

Sv. Petar - St. Peter Info

Cultural sight The City Walls (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight The City Walls This strategically situated locality was originally a prehistoric citadel. Few traces remain nowadays, due to ground erosion...

The City Walls Info

Cultural sight Valfontane (Savudrija, Istria)


Cultural sight Valfontane This is a small village, known for its small church dedicated to St Lawrence, which stands aloof in the nearby fields. The spot for the erection of the church was very likely chosen due to the vicinity of several springs...
Valfontane Info

Cultural sight Villa / Cloister in Dajla (Novigrad, Istria)


Cultural sight Villa / Cloister in Dajla In Dajla, at the very seashore, lies a valuable architectural complex, whose harmonious beauty and long, eventful history attracts the attention of both specialists and casual passersby...
Villa / Cloister in Dajla Info

Cultural sight Zambratija (Savudrija, Istria)


Cultural sight Zambratija These parts were certainly most inviting even in prehistoric times. Indeed, on the nearby hill of Romanija there was an age-old citadel, unfortunately destroyed in a later period while constructing a water basin...
Zambratija Info