Istria – rich cultural heritage region
Throughout its rich history, Istria has been a place of contact and permeation of many cultures. Liburnians, Histrians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Lombards, Croats, Franks, Venetians, Austrians, Italians, Slovenes with their presence, customs, work, left a mark that today’s inhabitants of Istria seek to preserve, enrich and modernize.
Rich prehistoric sites testify to the settlement of the first inhabitants such as ancient Roman monuments, the complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, medieval churches painted with frescoes, medieval castles and fortifications and other historical remains.
The diversity, size and richness of the findings are a prerequisite for the many time’s proven successful operations of several institutions. A handful of museums are at your disposal, such as the Archaeological Museum of Istria Pula, the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria Pula, the Ethnographic Museum of Istria Pazin and the Homeland Museums in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Labin, Buzet and Pazin.
By preserving traditional values, they also testify to the interculturality and tolerance of this area and its inhabitants, who have come and gone for centuries, leaving a mark behind them that is still recognizable today.
It is the wish of Istria – Regione Istriana that culture in Istria further develops and changes and that it`s confirmed that Istria is a recognizable region of culture.