Krsan – Chersano: “Survey about Istrian Land Boundaries (Istarski razvod)”
Krsan is an old medieval fortified village located in the eastern part of Istria, not far a way from Labin. It is a lovely and charming place with only few permanent inhabitants. The whole place would need restructuring to restore its medieval beauty. The old castle recall to me places described in Umberto Eco's novel "The name of the Rose".
- located 54 kilometres from Smrikve
- the dominant is Middle Ages architecture
- it is famous for the fact that the second copy of the Glagolitic inscription from the 13th century, of the Survey about Istrian Land Boundaries (Istarski razvod), the most important medieval legal document in Istria, was found here in the mid of the 19th century.
- not to be missed: the visit of the old town and the castle
- events not to be missed: ”Krsonski pir” – Krsan’s wedding - at the end of July
KRSAN – VIRTUAL TOUR
The old town of Krsan is not located near the main road. If you drive from Labin direction towards Krsan you will need to turn right, from the main road, following a secondary road for about three hundred meters till the old town walls.
You can park the car near the road and enjoy the impressive view of the walls and the tower positioned nearby the main gate. The tower is part of the big castle positioned on the left side of the gates.
Krsan is also famous for the fact that the second existing copy of the Glagolitic inscription from the 13th century, of the Survey about Istrian Land Boundaries ("Istarski razvod"), was found here in the mid of the 19th century.
Survey about Istrian Land Boundaries is one of the most important Istrian legal document from the Middle Ages that was done to set the boundaries between the properties in Istria.
The document was written in three languages: Latin, German and Croatian.
The visit of this old village have to start from the castle. You have to visit the ruins of the old castle.
The very entrance of the castle has a interesting ceiling and two side doors. The right door is closed and the left door lead you in a space without roof, a sort of a small internal court-yard. You will be right below, one of the best preserved parts of the old castle, the main square tower.
From the entrance hall there are the stairs towards another court yard of the castle with the well that dates back into 1666.
In the court yard with the well there is a door towards the old kitchen of the castle with a ruins of a fireplace that still can be seen. There are also the stairs that bring you from the outside to the second floor where the main feudal hall was placed.