Motovun History

Motovun history begins before Roman times, when the Sekusi, the Celtic tribe raised their village

Motovun is composed of three parts.
At the very top of is the oldest part, beneath it is the "Podgrade, a newer part and the" Gradiciol "descends down the slope. The town is until nowadays preserved its medieval appearance.

Motovun defense consisted of two circles of walls. Inner ring around the oldest part of town dates from the 13th and 14 century. Through him is the opening for city gates.
„Podgrade“is located around the second ring of city walls, which are accessed through the outer gate built 15th century. It is the lapidary today.
Between the two doors the city square is located. On the square, next to the inner door, and the town loggia from the 17 century, a beautiful lookout of the surroundings can be found.

Central square is named after Andrea Antico, the composer of the Renaissance and the printer of notes, who was born in Motovun in the second half of the 15th century.
On the square is the baroque church of Sv. Stephen, built in 1614th in place of the old church.
Next to the church is a belfry-tower of the 13th century, with serrated parapet, built on the foundation of previous church.
Little is known that at the same place in late antiquity was an early Christian basilica, even bigger than today' is St. Stephen church.

Opposite the church is the Communal Palace, built in the 12th century and the 16th and 17 century, expanded and renovated.
Below the square is a large cistern which supplied water to Motovun.
From the base of the hill leads a climb of over 1000 steps to the Motovun top.

The railway Parenzana passed through Motovun, which realized good connections with Porec in the west and with Slovenia and Italy to the north. Station has been preserved and is located at the foot of the hill on which is situated the old part of town, just before entering the so-called. Motovun  tunnel.

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