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Motovun is a city in the north-west of Istria, 21 km south-east to Buje. It had 700 inhabitants city in 1967, 538 in 2001. It is built on a 277 meters high hill that dominates the plain with the Mirna river and the Motovun forest, famous for its white truffles. It is perhaps the most picturesque of the numerous Istrian inland ‘jewels. In summer, it is always sunny. In October/November, the season for the white truffle, it can be misty. When I will come in Motovun in summer, I will take more picture !
Motovun has a history stretching back over 2300 years : there had been on top the hill a prehistoric enclosure. In the 10th and 11th century, it was belonging to the bishop of Porec and the patriarch of Aquilea. Since 1278, it came under the Venetian rule. The oldest part of the city is inside the 13th-14th century city walls, on top of the hill, with a breathtaking sight on the valley.
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The city has soon expended out of the city walls, first on the southern slope of the hill and later on the eastern shoulder of the hill. New fortifications and city walls, built from the 14th to the 17th century, protect these new parts and are connected together. Several doorways allow to enter in the city.
Motovun is now well known for its film festival, dedicated to independent film makers and producers. It takes place each year at the end of July-beginning of August.
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