Plomin – Brseč – Lovran


St. Mary

Plomin is the town where the region of Istria ends and Kvarner and Liburnia begin. In the past the Raša River marked the border of ancient Liburnia, including the Labin area. Symbolically, it belonged to this area in the Middle Ages as well - the parish church is named after St. George, just like in other Liburnian towns: Brseč, Lovran, Trsat. In Plomin there are two St. George churches. They are easily recognized from afar, by the two towering belfries. The parish church is also dedicated to St. Mary. The older church, which stands near the remaining town walls is dedicated to St. George the Elder.

Both churches keep the remains of mural paintings. The parish church is completely a Gothic edifice, the exterior walls built of finely dressed stone with molded base and openings. The church contains treasures of artistic merit, especially valuable is the Gothic Virgin with Child, "Golden Altar" dedicated to St. George and Early Gothic bell. On the southern wall is a fresco by Master Albert from Constance, depicting a painted altar on the wall. Of all the works by Master Albert, this one has the best preserved original colors. In the center is a grandiose Virgin with Child of archaic iconography. In one hand she holds an apple, in the other baby Jesus while nursing him.  In the fields are the images of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, as well as SS. Cosmas and Damian with their names in haloes written in Glagolitic script. With these Glagolitic inscriptions, Master Albert fits well into the surrounding, but here he signed and dated the work in both Latin and Glagolitic script. For this reason the fresco symbolizes bilingualism and biliteracy in medieval Istria.

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