If you are interested in culture, this is the right city for you. The history of this town still lives in traditional and temporary monuments and artworks within the walls of this town. Walking through the old town over Cardo and Decamanus you will pass the Euphrasy’s’ Basilica complex, Marafor square and admire the particular architecture of the buildings around you. Making a stop at one of the art galleries you might find an artworks to carry home as a piece of this unique city of Poreč. Besides from Poreč’s ancient town centre, there are lots of things to see in the surrounding area such as the Baredine Cave.

The Old Town of Poreč is an attraction itself. There the flair of the past lives today: the original urban street system is kept from Roman times. The two famous streets Decamanus and Cardo Maximus divide the peninsula, having a square in the middle.

Euphrasy’s Basilica complex - The Euphrasius Basilica is the major landmark in Poreč. The Byzantine art and Mediterranean style converge into this beautiful memorial that is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. The Euphrasius Basilica was built in the middle of VIth Century under Bishop Euphrasius and Emperor Justinian I. Tours are available daily, except during times of church services. During your visit into the inside of the Euphrasius Basilica you can also climb the bell tower, which offers a beautiful view over Poreč.

Marafor square - The Roman square is located at the tip of the peninsula. It has two temples, Mars and Neptune, which were constructed in the 1st Century.

Poreč tower - The three towers were built in the XVth Century as an additional safeguard against invasions by the Ottomans.

The Romanesque house was built in the XIII Century and is located where Decumanus and Marafor square meet. It has a beautiful wooden balcony, a Romanic biforium and monolithic archivolt.

The Poreč Homeland Museum was built in the XVIII Century and is located in the Sincic Baroque Palace. In the museum you can find an archaeological and historical document collection and plenty of Roman monuments. You can find artworks from that period in an original Baroque salon.

The Baredine Cave is a geomorphologic monument of nature and the first speleological locality opened for tourists in the Istria area. There are sightseeing tours in Croatian, Italian, German, English, Russian (Slovenian and French with announcement) that last 40 minutes. Visitors descend a 300m long pathway up to 60m below ground and an underground lake passing through 5 beautifully decorated chambers. Another attraction is the human fish (Proteus anguinus Laurenti), endemic in this dinaric karst region- an animal that can be only found in this area.

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The House of two Saints - The facade of small Romanesque house accentuated by two relief figures of saints.

Pentagonal Tower - Located at the beginning of the central street, Decumanus, at the entrance of the heart of the old city. It was erected in the mid 15th century in Gothic style, with a relief of a Venetian lion on the facade. Up until the French occupation, parts of the city gates were preserved all the way up to the tower.

The Romanesque House - It can be recognized by the outside stairway, a Romanesque biforium and a wooden balcony that was renovated in 1930.

The Great Temple and the Temple of Neptune - The Great Temple – northwest of the Marafor Square. The remains (a part of the wall and foundation) of an ancient temple from the beginning of the 1st century. The Temple of Neptune – in a park, west of the Marafor Square, only fragments of the ancient temple, which was dedicated to the god of the sea, Neptune, are preserved.

The Gothic House - In the main street of the old town, Decumanus, there's a ghotic palace with its splendid double trifora windows. The Gothic Palace was built in 1473 in gotico fiorito - Venetian architectural style. In this period of its history, Poreč was undoubtedly a home to quite a few wealthy families that didn't mind paying a lot for their houses to be as nice and modern as in Venice. A number of such palaces is preserved.

The Istrian Council House - Originally a Gothic Franciscan Church from the 13th century. It stands between Park Juraj Dobrila and Laginja's shore. The interior of the building was made in Baroque style in the mid 18th century. On the ceiling there is Baroque plastering with illusionistic frescoes in medallions. During the last century, this building was used for assemblies of the Istrian Parliament and even today the District Parliament holds its formal sessions there, as well as the choir concerts «Naš kanat je lip» and painting exhibitions «Annale». Last spring, in the courtyard behind the Assembly Hall, early Christian floor mosaics were found, probably from the church of S.Thomas the Apostole.

Square Marafor - In the 1st century, Poreč had the biggest Roman sanctuary in Istria. Mart's temple or the Big temple was one of the biggest on the Adriatic. North of it there are the remains of Neptune's temple. Near the temples here is the Marafor Square. This is Poreč's oldest and biggest square, a rectangular shaped Roman forum.

The Round Tower - Stands near Narodni trg (Public Square), built in the second half of the 15th century. It is very well preserved and it is also possible to visit the terrace on the top.

The Zucchato Palace – in Matija Gubec Square, which used to be Piazza dei signori,  only one row of the palaces has been preserved, among which there is a nice example from Gothic and from Baroque period.

(SOURCE: histrica.com)

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