The Path of the Survey of Istrian Land Boundaries

The Path of the Survey of Istrian Land Boundaries, an established thematic path, is located near the village of Karojba in hinterland Istria. The path starts at the Our Lady of Lourdes, built in 1898, and leads along the way used by medieval government officials and local population in setting boundaries. It passes and points to those boundaries which have remained until the present day.

The borders and the Path of the Survey of Istrian Land Boundaries are explained in four languages on interpretation panels set up along the way. The Path of the Survey of Istrian Land Boundaries is the Croatian-Glagolitic monument compiled probably between 1275 and 1325. It describes and regulates boundaries between individual peasant municipalities and their master Oglej or the Patriarch of Aquileia and the Counts of Gorizia. This exceptionally important legal document was written in the Croatian script and the Glagolitic language. It is a testament of 21 day long regulation of disputable boundaries between government representatives and local population. Each peasant municipality or a commune had its representative, a prefect. The Survey recorded the visit to as many as 44 municipalities. It was written in three languages, German, Latin and Croatian. Boundaries were determined by easily visible signs such as puddles, springs, trees or roads. It is interesting to note that the procession included old men who knew the boundaries and children who were supposed to learn about them.

One of the springs mentioned in the Survey is the Valigaštar, once used for cattle watering, and today a dry stone well. The other mentioned spring was the Badavac, which marked the boundary between the municipalities of Motovun and Trviž. Unfortunately, the peace agreed under the Survey was soon forgotten.



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.