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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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  • Last visit to Motovun: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 11, 2005
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  • Jan 13, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    I like the picture from: Winged lion !

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Nice page of the lovely Motovun Jean-Louis! :) It recalled some good memories on film festival there!

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    Apr 25, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    Hello Jean-Louis, Carol & I have rented a cottage in Motovun for the a week at the end of September. We are very excited and appreciate your terrific preview. We actually will spend almost 4 weeks in Croatia and will check out your other pages. Thx...Tom

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2005 at 1:42 PM

    Wonderful photos!

  • polardabar's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 2:42 PM

    salut, jean-louis! that bar on the third photo on your hp was formerly situated in the backyard of the house i always stay in! haha, i sat there like 2 weeks ago sipping wine... :)

  • mariev's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2005 at 12:12 PM

    Encore une série de photos superbes (celle d'intro est sublime), et en plus c'est intéresssant !

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 11:29 AM

    Great location, history and old architecture. Glad to see different photographers style of our VT-friends in travelogue :-)

  • novsco61's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2005 at 2:40 AM

    Hi, Jean-Louis, I've been to Istria many times,but never to Motovun. Great page and photos.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2005 at 9:08 AM

    Detailed info and nice pictures ! greets Luc

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2005 at 12:34 PM

    That intro picture is so special, lovely page, evoked so many nice memories from our meeting, and that picture of me - a pure divine moment LOL!!!!


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