Church of the Holy Cross - Vodnjan

The Church of the Holy Cross lies along the road that leads to Svetvinčenat, just before the roundabout at the beginning of Trgovačka Street. The year of 1468 was inscribed on the church; however it is not clear whether it refers to the year of construction or dedication.

This was the see of the Flagellant Fraternity. Flagellants were a medieval religious heretic sect who ritually scourged themselves at public spaces until bleeding, following similar tortures of Jesus Christ as to convince others that Judgment Day was soon to come and to encourage them to change their behavior. This is where the Pula bishops would stop upon their arrival to Vodnjan. As soon as they dismounted the horse, bishops would join the procession that would pompously lead them into town.

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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.

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