"Beram - St. Mary of the Rocks - frescoes from 1474" Beram Things to Do Tip by GyuriFT

Beram Things to Do: 30 reviews and 34 photos

  The outside of the church
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  • The outside of the church - Beram
      The outside of the church
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  • Frescoes, baroque altar and baroque ceiling - Beram
      Frescoes, baroque altar and baroque ceiling
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  • Frescoes, the ceiling - Beram
      Frescoes, the ceiling
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  • Dance of death, detail - Beram
      Dance of death, detail
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  • Entry to Jerusalem - Beram
      Entry to Jerusalem
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Beram is close to Pazin. Driving from Porec across Istria usually means passing Pazin - but many people do not pay attention to Beram, a little fortified town few miles before Pazin if one drives from Porec. There is a narrow one-lane road leading to the top of the hill where the center of the small town is. In the center is a parochial church of St. Martin - but it is NOT the main attraction of Beram.

The main attraction of Beram is a small chapel about a mile from the center of the town - one needs to either walk or carefully drive there on the same road.

Afer arrival on the top look back to the road you arrived. There is a "Y" - you arrived on the left branch on that "Y", continue to the right, down the hill.

But before you will need a key. The best is to ask the waiter of the restaurant which is on the main square, opposite of the St. Martin church. In August of 2011 the key was kept in the house #38 off the main square - but obviously it may change.

The chapel of St. Mary (in Croatian: Sv. Marija na ?kriljinah) does look humble from the outside, inside it is fully painted. The name of the painter is recorded as Vincent of Kastav and he had two assistants. The work was done 1474.

It is worth to pay attention to three details:

- The famous painting of "dance of death"
- That some of the writings on the frescoes are in Glagolitsa (a somewhat 'forgotten' Slavic alphabet, not Latin) and the locals are very proud of it.
- The baroque ceiling, made of wooden tabulas in 1707

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2011
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