Campanile and Church near Buje, Istria, Croatia
Buje was known as the “sentinel of Istria” for its hilltop site located 10 km inland from the Adriatic sea. It still commands an excellent panorama. Buje has a rich history; traces of life in the region date back to prehistoric times. The town developed from a Roman and Slavic settlement into a medieval town, and today it is a modern regional center. Despite its development Buje has retained many features typical of various historical periods. With its narrow streets and a central square, the old town is a fine example of medieval architecture with strong Venetian influences.