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Perched on a hill high above the Mirna river valley, Groznjan is a 14th-century Venetian fortress reborn as the most important arts colony in Istria. Once it was slipping into oblivion, but now is known as Town of Artists - an arts colony, where, since 1965, painters, sculptors and musicians comes to live and work.
Like many towns in Istria, Groznjan's architecture reflects a strong Venetian influence. It's not surprising as Groznjan was the seat of the northern part of Venetian territory in Istria. Parts of the defensive walls have been preserved, as well as the main town gate and a part of the ramparts. Next to the gate, on the inner side is a Renaissance loggia dating from 1587. The baroque parish church was built in 1770. Highlights of the church include baroque choir stalls, a 17th-century painting and marble altars.
Groznjan location provides breathtaking views over Adriatic Sea as well as over River Mirna Valley too. Some of Groznjan monuments are still preserved until today and Groznjan's medieval urban core has remained untouched for the most part.

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