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Arena, PulaThe Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It is the sixth largest surviving Roman arena and a rare example, among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheatres, of unique technological solutions. It is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia. Today amphitheater is being visited by numerous tourists from all over the world. It is the place where opera, ballet, concerts and pop-concerts of the world's most famous pop-singers, as well as the traditional film festival are held during the summer time.
Arena guests were Andrea Bocelli, Buena Vista Social Club, Eros Ramazzotti, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Zubin Mehta, Jamiroquai, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, New Imperial Russian Ballet, Norah Jones, Paco de Lucia, Placido Domingo, Veryovka, Zucchero…

Euphrasian Basilica, PorecEuphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana) in Porec is the most beautiful monument of early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean. It was built in 6th century, at the time of the bishop Euphrasy and the Emperor Justinian I. In 1997 UNESCO has included Porec’s Basilica it in the world's cultural heritage.
The system of Euphrasian basilica makes Euphrasios basilica, parish church, sacristy and the cela trikora, baptismal font and bell tower, Maurus Oratory, as well as the nearby Bishop's Palace, for which the latest research found that belongs to the Byzantine period like the basilica. In it is a monumental collection of Porec-Pula diocese. With the presentation of archaeological remains, particularly mosaics dating to the 3rd century, in the complex are valuable religious monuments and Christian, Byzantine and early medieval period artistic objects.

The Most Mystical mummies of Europe - Vodnjan's Corpi SantiApart from the relics of St. Blaise, Vodnjan's parish church also keeps 370 relics belonging to 250 different saints. In addition to one of the thorns from Jesus' crown, fragment of the Holy Virgin's veil, particle of Jesus' Cross and many others, a special attraction are the desiccated remains of saints whose bodies or body parts have been completely preserved: St. Sebastian, St. Barbara, St. Mary of Egypt, St. Leon Bembo, St. Giovanni Olini and St. Nicolosa Bursa. These remains in St. Blaise's Church have been there for centuries, without being embalmed or hermetically sealed which presents a true mystery for scientists. However, this is not the only mystery. According to legend the preserved bodies of saints are considered to have magical powers.

Sarcophagus of St. Euphemia in RovinjEuphemia was the daughter of a senator named Philophronos and his wife Theodosia in Chalcedon, located across the Bosporus from the city of Byzantium (which later became Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul). From her youth she was consecrated to virginity. It is believed that she died of wounds from a wild bear in the arena under emperor Diocletian (284-305). Legend lives... The legend says that during a stormy night the marble coffin containing the remains of the Saint disappeared fron Constantinople. Possibly fishermen who were believers loaded it onto their boats hoping that they could transport it to a safe place. In the same year (800) by a miracle it arrived at Rovinj in the sea. The local story says that the inhabitants tried tremendously hard all day using oxen and horses to remove the coffin from the sea. Finally, a young boy was able to achieve this with a pair of young untrained calves. Another version of the story says that it was a poor widow who moved the coffin."
The Rovinj skyline is difficult to imagine without the tall campanile of the church high above the town with its floodlit statue at the highest point, which appears to guard the roofs below. Throughout the passing centuries large numbers of worshippers came from all over Istra ( Istria ) to visit the coffin in which the Saint's body is preserved on St. Euphemia's Day, September 16th.

Lim ChannelThe Lim valley (Limska draga or Limska dolina) is the 35 km long valley of the river Pazinčica, which transforms into the Lim Channel (Limski kanal), a 10 kilometers long estuary. Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits...
The estuary is sometimes called a fjord. Although the movie The Vikings starring Kirk Douglas was shot there in 1958, it isn't a fjord but a ria, since it wasn't carved by a glacier but by the river eroding the ground on its way to the Adriatic Sea.

Jurassic park at Funtana, VrsarThe first Croatian Jurassic Park opened in Funtana, a small place near Vrsar in Istria. The park features eight dinosaurs that are 16 to 24 meters long and three smaller ones, all move and sound like the real ones.

The park also offers an exhibition hall with two dinosaur skeletons and a small dinosaur for children to ride on as well as a playground and numerous paths for visitors to wander around.
This is the 2nd dinosaur park in Europe.
Open daily from 9:00 to 23:00. Magician show at 12:00, Disco for children from 20:00 to 21:00. Tickets 80 kn for adults, 50 for children. Family tickets available.

Opatija's Twin towns — Sister citiesThe first twin town of Opatija, Lovran and Matulji has became Castel San Pietro Terme, in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, on 28th of April 1983.

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