"A Nice Island With Preserved Monuments" Top 5 Page for this destination Porec by BruceDunning

Porec Travel Guide: 310 reviews and 719 photos

There is over 2,000 years of history packed into this small island. In 2nd century BC, the Romans were situated here and settling the territory. They built a Roman Castrum on what some is now where Euphrasius church is located. In the 1st century AD it became a Roman designated city, and by the by around 300 AD, it was a Christian community with religious depth.
IN early 500 AD the Byzantines maintained control to protect the territory and the rest of Italy, after marauding by Ostrogoths in the area. Later in 600-700 AD the Slav/Croat culture came to settle, and for the next 400-500 years control traded between Italian factions, northern tribes, and the Byzantine Eastern Empire. The plague of 1600's nearly wiped out the population. That changed when people from the south came here for protection from the Turks in 1500-1600 era. Then came the Venetians, France, and Austrians until 1918, when Italy got control again. After WWII they got kicked out and the new Yugoslav Republic took over. Now they are independent, and the 1991-95 war was another day of the past.

Euphrasius Church is the Anchor in Town

This church complex dates back to the 6th century, and the Bishops palace. The compound is very large, and steeped in history. The church interior is adorned with a number of mosaics, and paintings from that time period. The rest of the complex includes a nice baptistery, and the living quarters of the Bishops & Nuns.

Old Medieval Architecture

There are a number of very old structures around the old town, and they hold a lot of histories of how they were constructed and how they are preserved today.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plan a route to see the sites and a lot of Euphrasius church
  • Cons:Store owners & restaurants nearly drag you in to buy
  • In a nutshell:A great place for a day-Euphrasisus church is fabulous
  • Last visit to Porec: May 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 8, 2010
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Guess where I'm going next week?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I love exploring little places like Porec too - so much history and interesting buildings to see. Your photos of the Temple Neptune-Roman ruins are great. Thanks for the tour!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Bruce, another fantastic page about your adventures in Croatia. I was in Porec more than 25 years ago when it still belonged to Yugoslavia.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    As a mosaic-nut, Porec has been on my wishlist for a long time. V. interesting to see other aspects of the town. leyle

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Lots of history here. Sounds like they are definitely proud of their beverages though, based on the prices you mention.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    It is always again amazing for me to see Roman remains like the Roman Floor Mosaics and buildings that suvived more than 2000 years already !

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    Architectural heritage of Porec looks great. useful tips and nice photos. Bora

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Looks a pleasant, historic and interesting place Bruce. I wonder why the shops were so keen to sell - there must have been a shortage of visitors when you were there. :)


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