Our Lady of Carmel - Vodnjan

The church lies in the historic center of the town, in the lower part of Trgovačka Street, right after turning into Contrada del asì (vinegar alley) which is one of the oldest and best known streets in Vodnjan. Built in 1630 with a ground plan in the shape of a Latin cross, it has an exceptional facade made of finely dressed stone and a rosette that stands above the coat of arms of podestà Francesco Barbaro. The rather small belfry with one bell that rises along the left edge has the shape of a tower. The church interior is splendid: a wooden guilt altar (1651), statue of St. Sebastian, painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Simon Stock, stucco-coffered ceiling, painted wall ornaments, organ and choir gallery above the main entrance and original paintings of angels playing different musical instruments.

 The niche holds the statue of St. Peter of Alcantara, whose preaching about penitent poverty was remembered in times of drought when the statue was carried in the procession invoking rain. The position of St. Fabian's head on his feast day, January 20, was prediction to the people of Vodnjan of the successfulness of the forthcoming harvest. 

Owing to its excellent acoustics, the church is nowadays the site of many concerts of classical and sacral music.


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.