Piemonte d’Istria: Enchanting Završje

The Croatian peninsula of Istria not only offers beautiful coastal landscapes, but is also known for medieval towns surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. One of these towns is the stunning Završje, which used to have the old Italian name Piemonte. The almost forgotten medieval town is located on a 240 meter high mountain in northern Istria north of the Mirna River and is idealy connected with a stop in Grožnjnan. The two small towns are only 9 km apart.

Završje is characterized by its long history and has been ruled by many different rulers over the centuries. Among others by the Habsburgs, the Counts of Gorizia or the rulers of Devin. That is one of the reasons why Završje was originally a castle that has been preserved for almost 1000 years now. At that time, the most famous sacral building was the Contarnini Palace – named after the Contarnini family, who ruled in Završje for over three centuries. Moreover, the small mountain village is one of many places in Istria where you can follow the historical footsteps of the Romans. The well-preserved Roman road still serves as a normal route through the town.

The heart of the city consists of three churches, a well-preserved fortress and the southern city gate. Because of their great historical importance, all buildings are included in the register of cultural assets of the Republic of Croatia. A must-see is the charming little church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which took a century to complete. Construction began as early as 1792, but it was only completed in the 19th century and without a classic church tower. Also the Church of Holy Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary is an eye-catcher, which is the tallest building in the small medieval town with the 22 meter high bell tower. Long hidden from the tourist public, the city not only serves as an architectural gem and a perfect spot for photography, but is also a popular destination for all lovers of lost places. Taste excellent regional products and learn more about the history of the small mountain villages of Istria during a day tour through the hinterland of the Croatian peninsula.