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Smrikve Pula Premantura
Brijuni Vodnjan Medulin
Fazana Galizana Vizace
Peroj Svetvincenat Marcana
Bale Kanfanar Mutvoran
Monkodonja Dvigrad Krnica
Rovinj Zminj Rakalj
Lim Bay Sv. Petar u Sumi Barban
Klostar Tinjan Rasa
Gradina Beram Labin
Vrsar Trviz Rabac
Funtana Gracisce Sv. Martin
Sv. Lovrec Pazin Sumber
Sv. Ivan Lindar Pican
Porec Kascerga Krsan
Mali Sv. Andjelo Zamask Klostar
Baredine Cave Motovun Kozljak
Tar Oprtalj Gologorica
Visnjan Zrenj Paz
Vizinada Zavrsje Belaj
Novigrad Grimalda Boljun
Karpinjan Draguc Lupoglav
Dajla Racice Raspor
Brtonigla Sovinjak Slum
Seget Vrh Ucka
Umag Hum Plomin
Savudrija Roc Brsec
Groznjan Buzet Moscenice
Buje Kostel Lovran
Momjan Salez Opatija
Istra Veprinac

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Beram – Vermo: “Fresco painting made by Vincent from Kastav“

BeramBeram is located in the central part of Istria, five kilometres to the west of Pazin. You can reach to it by taking the road Pazin - Porec or from the directions of Porec and Motovun. It is located on the 325 meters high hilltop and famous in Istria and abroad mostly for its fresco painting made by Vincent from Kastav.

  • located 50 kilometres from Smrikve
  • it is very famous in Istria for its frescoes paintings
  • not to be missed: the frescoes paintings in the Parish Church of St. Martin and the more famous one in Church of St. Mary on Skriljine made by Vincent from Kastav

Beram is small and picturesque village, famous for its fresco paintings made by Vincent from Kastav at the end of the 15th century. The most famous scene is that named the Dance of Death.


Once you arrive in the village you can park the car nearby the tavern Vela Vrata, at the entrance of the village, and start your visit of the village.

On top of the hill you will find the Parish Church of St. Martin that was built in 1431 and later on expanded and remodelled in 1910. The bell tower that you see nearby the Parish Church was built in 1903.

Numerous wall frescoes are visible within the church. The frescoes in the sanctuary were made during the erection of the church in the 15th century by some Master from Friuli (northern Italy), while those on the triumphal arch showing St. Michael and other Saints and the angelic musicians were made by a late Gothic Master from Venice.

The altar painting was done by the Croatian painter Celestin Mato Medovic at the beginning of the 20th century, while a rustical relief of St. Martin, hosted in the church, is from the late Gothic period.

The Medieval settlement was defended by a strong rectangular tower that was demolished in the 17th century and was located nearby the church.

On the right side of the church you will note a small stone house with few stairs. This was the native house of Vladimir Gortan who was shot in Pula in 1929 because of his anti-fascist activity.

The famous fresco paintings are hosted in the small Church of St. Mary on Skriljine that is located about a kilometre from the old town centre, in the northeast direction.

If you have parked the car nearby the tavern at the entrance of the village you have to take the road that goes down side the hill and follow the road that goes on the right. St. Mary on Skriljine is located outside the village and you have to take the car to reach it.

Continue to drive until you arrive nearby a small stone pillar that was placed there in honour to Vincent from Kastav, the painter.

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