Morosini-Grimani Castle

Svetvinčenat, Croatia

The Morosini-Grimani Castle is a medieval edifice with expressed Renaissance features. It was named after the two families, its owners.

Svetvinčenat was erected on the border which changed through history with the exchange of conquerors. It was first mentioned in 983 in the document by Oton II as the property of the Bishop of Poreč. Its ownership was first taken over by the Castropola family, and then by the Morosini family in 1384. Pietro Morosini was last mentioned as the master of Svetvinčenat in 1529. The new owners, the Grimani family, were being mentioned in the written documents since 1560. The Grimanis renovated the castle after the fire.

The castle is shaped as a square. There are two round towers on the corners of its northern walls, while a square tower is located on the southeast wall. The southeast part was used as the residential area. The entire palace was located within the defensive walls. The main entrance into the Marosini-Grimani castle is at the south facade, which used to be accessed by a drawbridge. Above the entrance are plates noting the year of the construction (1485) and the renovation (1589).

The Morosini family completed the renovation of the castle in the 15th century, which marked the transformation of the location into a Renaissance settlement with the square and the cistern in the centre, surrounded by the castle, the parish church and the loggia as well as by other public buildings. As the oldest structure on the square, the castle was constructed in the 3:5 ratio. The newly designed square, the Renaissance church as well as the entire urban network of the town were also designed accordingly. Therefore, the Morosini-Grimani castle represents a form of the late medieval construction with expressed Renaissance characteristics.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Deni Vrtačić (8 months ago)
Very exciting experience. People that work there are kind and awesome. Very knowledgeable and humorous. Site is filled with unbelievable history and unique items. It has a modern way of showing people how our ancestors lived over thousand years ago. Escape room attraction is very fun, basic arithmetic math and logic is all it needs. If you find the code, the Excalibur is yours to hold and feel the true weight of the sword. Recommended for everyone who likes to learn something everyday, no matter how old
Asiyah Noemi Koso (8 months ago)
Svetvincenat is a beautiful Istrian town with a rich history. It was created in 983 years. The wealthy families of that time Castropola, Morosini and finally the Grimani built the beautiful Castel. Along the entire north side of the Placa (square) stretches the stone castle Grimani, the largest Svetvinčenat building that has been a symbol of the place and destination for centuries for soldiers, guests of the lord, travel writers and merchants, and today curious passers-by and tourists. There are often Medieval Festival, Cheese Festival and Dance and Non-Verbal Theater Festival. Extremely attractive place with lots of amenities.
Derek S. (8 months ago)
Excellent historical site, friendly staff to help you with the fantastic interactive interpretation centre. Great for the family.
Stephen McCarthy (8 months ago)
Seems pricey when you buy the tickets but the value for money soon becomes clear. Great visit, great staff/guides and loved the interactive exhibits.
Tea Si (8 months ago)
Great experience!!! The escape room was perfect, not to demanding, not too easy, perfect for a group of people, for a daily excursion! The multimedia hall is wow! Everything is so well thought of, I strongly advise it!
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