#19 Pazin – TradInEtno
Old man listening to a band playing in the street during the TradInEtno festival. Pazin, June 2012
The small town of Pazin in central Istria is probably best known for its castle (kaštel) and steep gorge with a cave and sinkhole at the bottom (Pazinska jama, the ‘Pazin Abyss’) – both of which feature in Jules Verne’s novel Mathias Sandorf, published in 1885. Though ‘best known’ is something of a relative description: few visitors to Croatia venture into the Istrian interior, and even fewer spend time in Pazin – which is a shame in both cases because inland Istria is a truly fascinating area, dotted with old hilltowns and castles, and village churches filled with little-known medieval frescoes. In any case in Jules Verne’s novel the main character is imprisoned in the kaštel, but makes a daring escape down the walls and into the gorge, disappearing into the sinkhole and emerging, many kilometres later, into the Limski kanal, a steep-sided rocky inlet on the Istrian coast.
Pazin also hosts an annual traditional music festival, TradInEtno, with performances in the castle as well as in the streets and on the town square.
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