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Oprtalj

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Oprtalj is a charming and picturesque town, situated on top of a hill above the river Mirna valley, Motovun opposite. It is a medieval city resembling a medieval town in Tuscany.

The city of Oprtalj was associated with Trieste and Poreč thanks to the railway, which is called Parenzana and was built with the purpose of development of the continental part of Istria. In 1935 the Italian government decided to redirect the way to Africa, were long the construction work, but the road has not been redirected.

The first mention of Ortale as the residence of the feudal lords and craftsmen dates back to the year 1102. From 1209, the city was under the control of the bishopric of Aquileia, and in 1490 under the rule of Venice. Venice ruled Oprtalj before 1789, was then short periods of rule of the Austrians, the French and the Italians. Liberation of the city happened during the Second World war, when Oprtalj became part of Yugoslavia.

For tourists the town has many interesting monuments. For example, the Church of virgin Mary built in the 15th century. In its interior are preserved frescoes Dating back to the year 1471. The Venetian loggia, built in 1797 in the style of the Renaissance. The building is still preserved coat of arms of the Roman and Venetian eras. Also of interest is the Cathedral of St George built here in 1526. The altar of the Cathedral was built in the 16th and 17th centuries, and on the currently installed inside is from the 18th century.

The Church of St. Helena is located in the South of the city. It was built in the 15th century on a small hill and so wonderful can be seen from the nearby road. On the walls of the Church still preserved Glagolitic inscriptions, Dating from 1496.

In Oprtalj there are several historic buildings that testify its glorious past, but many of them need reconstruction.