Vrsar, Istria, official web site for tourist informations

Vrsar, Istria, official web site
for tourist information

A Rich Culinary Tradition

All fragrances and aromas blend in Vrsar to give a harmonious overture into the characteristic gastronomy of Istria. Sea food, grilled fish and meat delicacies that can be tasted in charming restaurants and authentic konobas (taverns) are just a small part of the rich gourmet experience offered by Vrsar.

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Natural Wonders

From the shores of the Adriatic to the lowlands and undulating hills in the hinterland, the natural wonders of Vrsar and its surroundings are the source of inspiration for every traveller desiring rest and relaxation.

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SPORT, NATURE, ACTIVITIES…

There are many sports and activities for you to choose – tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, even bowling and mini golf.

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Summer morning

Vrsar has stood on a prominent hill overlooking the Adriatic coast since the Middle Ages. This position has given birth to extraordinary positions from which one can observe the surrounding islands, islets, bays and coves.

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Montraker

Vrsar proudly wears the name of the “town of sculpture”. Every summer at the abandoned Montraker quarry, the Montraker school of sculpture takes place. It starts in the first two weeks in september. All the sculptures from previous workshops are now displayed on the beaches, at motor camps, the Vrsar waterfront and the city parks.

THE INTERNATIONAL “MONTRAKER” SUMMER SCHOOL OF SCULPTURE

where: Vrsar / “MONTRAKER” quarry
organizer: TZO Vrsar
tel./fax: ++385 (0)52 441-187
e-mail: tzo.vrsar@pu.t-com.hr

Montraker

Nowadays the international sculpturing school is held every summer in the revived quarry “Montraker”.. Young sculptors from Croatia and abroad have been creating an original and profound art in an old and abandoned stone-pit Montraker since 1991. Open summer sculpture school, mentored by sculptor, offers a unique insight to tourists, into the process of the row stone redefinition into (three weeks later) unusual and in¬spired stone forms..

Abandoned Stone Quarries

The ancient abandoned stone quarries should also be added up to the sights of Vrsar. In the Vrsar quarries the stone has been obtained ever since Roman times. Within easy reach of the basilica of St. Marv. on the islets offshore there are remains of abandoned quarries (e.g. on the top of the islet St. George). Some art historians brought up a theory that maybe the monumental and monolithic cupola of the East Gothic king Theodore the Great’s (493-526) mausoleum in Ravenna (having a diameter of 10.76 m and weighing 230 t) is made of the rock broken off the top of that islet. (The archaeologist and historian Dr. Ante Šonje is of the opinion that the cupola originates from a quarry south of Poreč.)

On the peak Gavanov Vrh (Ital. Monte Ricco) east of Vrsar there is also an abandoned quarry, as well as on a hill north-east of Vrsar. High-quality grey stone (Aurac) has been obtained here ever since Romanesque times. The quarries around Vrsar and Rovinj were exploited to the most extent during the long rule of the Venetian Republic in Istria (from the 13th to the 18th century).

In the time of the Renaissance and Baroque the high-quality stone from Vrsar (pietra di Orsera) was well Vrh (Ital. Monte Ricco) east of Vrsar there is also an abandoned quarry, as well as on a hill north-east of Vrsar. High-quality grey stone (Aurac) has been obtained here ever since Romanesque times. The quarries around Vrsar and Rovinj were exploited to the most extent during the long rule of the Venetian Republic in Istria (from the 13th to the 18th century).

In the time of the Renaissance and Baroque the high-quality stone from Vrsar (pietra di Orsera) was well known in Italian towns. It was especially used in Venice for building of palaces, bridges and churches. In order to provide good quality stone. Italian sculptors and constructors have occasionally visited Vrsar. The first figures concerning exportation of Vrsar stone to Venice date back to the 14th century. In the year 1334 the Venetian sculptor Leonardo Tagliapietra was staying in Vrsar temporarily. The Renaissance sculptor Antonio Rizzo (1467-1498) from Verona, who donated to Venice his most important works of art (e.g. the tombstone to the doge Iron, works on the doge’s palace etc.) visited occasionally Rovinj and Vrsar at the time of his full activity in Venice

By the road to Funtana there is the cemetery built in 1900 by Celeste Gerometta, a building contractor from Vrsar. In the vicinity the atelier – summer mansion of the sculptor Dušan Džamonja is standing. In the large park miniatures of his works are exhibited, whereas the originals are located all over our country, as well as abroad.