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St. Bartolomeo / Sv. Bortul

The parish church of St. Bartholomew (Bartolomeo / Bortul) stands in a meadow close to the last coal mine in Croatia. It was built in the 14th century and it is traditionally believed to have been brought down to its current location from Goretin, a hill some two kilometres away.

The church contains wooden sculptures of St. Bartholomew, St. Sebastian and St. Roch and its sculptures are attributed to Krejik, a Czech from Prague. The church was restored in 1976.

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St. Hadrian

The church of St. Hadrian, named after the pope, is located in the local cemetery on a terrace of the promontory that slopes down to the valley of Racchita. At an altitude of 121 meters, it dominates the plane than extends to the former Arsa lake.

The church was built in 1796 on the site of an earlier church in the local graveyard. The altar of the old church was consecrated in 1665 by Bishop Jančić from Pićan (Pedena). 

St. Hadrian has a pretty portico supported by columns, and the baptistry is on the left side of the church. The building has a rectangular plan with arched windows on the longitudinal facades.

There is an altarpiece representing the Blessed Virgin Mary of Carmel, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Francis of Paula on the altar from 1684, and one representing the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Andrew on the altar from the year 1753.

There is a small chapel in the cemetery that is situated along the cobble stoned avenue of trees. From there one has a nice view of the towns of Pićan and Gračišće (Gallignana) and extending to the whole valley below as far as the inlet of the fjord of Plomin. 

  • Text and drawing: Alberi, Dario. Istria - Storia, Arte, Cultura. Edizioni LINT (Trieste, 1997), p. 994-5.
  • Text and photos: Marijan Milevoj & Eduard Strenja. Od crkve do ckrve/Da chiesa a chiesa/From Church to Church - Labin, Raša, Sv. Nedelja, Kršan, Pican, Matthias Flacius Illyricus (Labin, uoci Bozica, 1994)
  • Top photograph and photo of St. Hadrian (2005): Klaudijo Lazarić

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