Krkavče - Carcase

Churches and Cemeteries


S. Michele Arcangelo

Just outside the village of Krkavče (Castel S. Pietro - Carcase) lie the remains of a prehistoric hillfort (castelliere) and the famous Carcase stele, on which has been carved the figure of a man, said to date from the La Thene period (2nd-lst century BC).


The parish church of St. Michael the Archangel is one of the most important examples of religious architecture in northwest Istria and was built on the remains of an earlier building, traces of which are still visible on the outside walls. Consecrated by Bishop Pietro Morari on 29 May 1633, the church was rebuilt in 1738 and reconsecrated on 3 September 1749 by Bishop Giovanni Battista Sandi. The features of the simple gabled facade include the richly-decorated Baroque portal, a statue in a niche and a large rose window in the centre.

The interior consists of a single nave with a flat, wooden ceiling installed in 1952 and a sacristy on two floors with plaster medallions in the ceiling and a fine staircase with a double flight of stairs. The high altar, with its 17th-century tabernacle and series of statues of the saints, dates from 1763 and was commissioned in Venice. It is separated from the nave by a stone balustrade.

The church contains a fine marble stoup that was sculpted out of a single block of marble. Its basin is decorated with the head of the Medusa, the coat of arms of Koper (Capodistria). The supporting pedestal widens at the base into the form of a large Baroque chalice, where there is a curious slot in the form of a reversed heart and with a small cross on it. The hollow contains the blessed water from which children can anoint themelves.

The church also contains a painting of 1776 depicting the Council of Trent by Bartolomeo Bossi, the Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomeo Gianelli and other excellent paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The tall, sandstone steeple (26.22 m) was built in 1741 on the remains of the earlier tower and has been entirely plastered over, like the church. The belfry has mullioned windows with double lights and a projecting balustrade supported on little columns running round the square drum, which has blind single-arched windows and is surmounted by a tall spire.

Left and bottom:

The stoup from the mid-1700s with the head of Medusa, the Coat of Arms of Koper (Capodistria). [Photographed by Pietro Valente, 2003]

  • Daniela Milotti Bertoni, Istria - duecento campanili storici / Two Hundred Historic Steeples, Bruno Fachin Editore (Trieste, 1997). All Copyrights reserved.
  • Stoup photographs - Pietro Valente

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