Belaj - Šumber - Kožljak - Paz


Unlike other castles in Istria, Belaj is inhabited and life in the castle is similar to the one of centuries ago. It is renovated and lively, its splendor and magnificence displays its rich history. King Heinrich's deed of gift from the mid-11th c. is the first written document mentioning Belaj. As a reward for the conquered Croatian land, this castle was given to Ulrich von Weimar, who in addition to Lupoglav, Boljun,...


Located in the direction of Labin, on the old road from Pićan to Kršan, in the hamlet Stari Grad, are the ruins of the medieval castle from the 13th c., which was once the border between the Venetian and Austrian part of Istria. Its name derives from the noble family Schomberg or Schemperger, who owned the castle until the end of the 14th c. Šumber is located on the eastern elevation of the Raša River...


It is situated on the western slopes of Mount Učka, opposite the lowest mountain ridge, over which the road to the Liburnian coast passed in Roman times and the Middle Ages, on the site of the prominent steep, isolated elevation.
A castle was built on this elevation in the Middle Ages, mentioned in documents in the beginning of the 12th c. under the Croatian name Iosilach or Gosilach when it...


High on the hilltop overlooking the Boljun field, stands Paz, resembling an eagle's nest, with a superb view of the surroundings. A castle was erected on this site because of the strategic and defensive importance, just like many others that were built in the interior of Istria. It was mentioned for the first time in the 12th c. as Pas, Pass, later Pasperc and Passberg, as the...

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