The Municipal Square is also called Communal Square. In the architectural sense, it was designed in the Middle Ages on the location above the small town gate. Throughout history, it contained the parish church, a bell tower, a pillory in its middle, a market and a place where feudal levies were collected. It also served as a place of publicity because the authorities gave proclamations and orders there. It was also the place where public punishments were carried out.
The square got its current appearance during the Austrian reign in Istria, and its final appearance was arrived at in the first half of the 20th century, when the old parish Church of St Martin and the accompanying bell tower were demolished so that the square could be expanded. The Municipal Square is called Degrassi Square today. In the 19th century and up until the middle of the 20th century, it was a civic, urban centre with markedly agrarian features. In summer, on Saturdays, concerts were held on the Municipal Square. Today it is where the “Stari saman” event is held. It is also the location of the restored communal palace, seat of the municipal administration and one of the most beautiful buildings in Vrsar (with a red façade), in the typical Venetian architectural style. The square in Vrsar was often mentioned in the legal provisions in Vrsar in 1609 and in subsequent years.
Let no one from our settlement of Vrsar dare gamble or play cards on the Square or in the streets in public or privately, under pain of penalty of five liras for those who play within the walls, and ten soldo and one lira per those who play outside the walls, and if they have no money to pay, they shall be incarcerated for 15 days or nights or exiled for two months, according to judgment.
… and all those who come to our Castle to sell fish caught in any waters; before they sell fish of any kind to another person on the square or other place, they must come to our Castle…
If a crime is committed in churches, at graveyards, on the square, market or in our palace or its courtyard or the house where our representative steward resides, we hereby declare that the perpetrator must always be punished with a double penalty. If the penalty cannot be increased or doubled due to its nature or coincidence, it must at the very least be altered or applied most severely against the perpetrator, according to our judgment.