Just inland from this untouched Istrian fjord I came across another ruin.
This is all that remains of the fortified 11th C tower built by the Istrian Margave Ulrich I of Weimar above the village of Crni Kal to protect his trade routes between the Rizana Valley and the plateau. In 1370 it fell to the Bishop of Trieste as a result of the Venetian conquest but in 1615 it was destroyed during the Uskok wars.
The building is the size of a living room with only 2 levels, with no room for supplies, horses etc etc. The only access is via a bridge across a 200m ravine and the place is 1000m above the valley floor. So I am at a loss to see how it might have offered any protection to anybody except the few souls incarcerated on guard duty.Read more