Rovinj, Croatia

View of Old Town Rovinj, Croatia, from the harbor

View of Old Town Rovinj, Croatia, from the harbor

Croatia’s Istrian jewel, Rovinj, is a charming town on the Adriatic Sea with an old town that reflects the architectural heritage of the Venetian Empire, which ruled the city (and Adriatic Sea coast) for 500 years.

Multi-colored houses line the harbor on the edge of Old Town Rovinj, Croatia

Multi-colored houses line the harbor on the edge of Old Town Rovinj, Croatia

Note the “Lion of St. Mark’s” (Lion of Venice) in the rectangle above the dual windows above the door.  Venice’s control of the Adriatic Sea extended far beyond Croatia — as far as Tunis to the southwest and Cyprus in the far southeast.

Harbor clock tower, Rovinj, Croatia

Harbor clock tower, Rovinj, Croatia

#48 A (green house entrance), Rovinj, Croatia

#48 A (green house entrance), Rovinj, Croatia

Note the lion above the door in the Communal Palace from 1308:

Gradska palace (Communal Palace) 1308 (reconstructed 1822), Rovinj, Croatia

Gradska palace (Communal Palace) 1308 (reconstructed 1822), Rovinj, Croatia

Bell Tower of St. Euphemia Cathederal, Rovinj, Croatia

Bell Tower of St. Euphemia Cathedral, Rovinj, Croatia

The Baroque church, St. Euphemia Cathedral, dominates old town.  The church is dedicated to St. Euphemia, whose coffin arrived mysteriously on Rovinj’s shores in 800 A.D.  Born in Calcedon near Constantinople, she was imprisoned, tortured and eventually killed at the young age of 15, along with many other Christians who were intently persecuted by Roman Emperor Diocletian.  The bell tower, reminiscent of St. Mark’s in Venice, offers stunning views across the Adriatic Sea.  It dominates the town’s skyline.

Interior of St. Euphemia Cathederal, Rovinj, Croatia

Interior of St. Euphemia Cathedral, Rovinj, Croatia

The highlights of the Cathedral’s interior include beautiful white marble altars, a bronze statue of St. Euphemia and her marble sarcophagus, estimated to date from as early as the 4th or 5th Century.

Stained glass window in St. Euphemia Cathederal, Rovinj, Croatia

Stained glass window in St. Euphemia Cathedral, Rovinj, Croatia

Street altar, Rovinj, Croatia

Street altar, Rovinj, Croatia

Viola storefront ("Croatian craftsman manufakture"), Rovinj, Croatia

Viola storefront (“Croatian craftsman manufakture”), Rovinj, Croatia

A contemporary memorial at the harbor, Rovinj, Croatia

A contemporary memorial at the harbor, Rovinj, Croatia

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