Valtura ( Italian Altura), a settlement situated on a flat area from which steep slopes descend into the Budava Cove, 886 inhabitants (2011).

The traditional industry is based on farming and cattle farming, wheras recently the majority of the population has turned to rural tourism.

Thanks to its vicinity of Pula, part of the population commutes  for work to the biggest Istrian town every day . The quality stone from the quarry Valtura I and II is exported daily all over the world. Although Valtura was built on the foundations of an antique settlement, it is overshadowed by the near Nezakcij, a significant hillforth built by prehistoric Histri. The area is rich in archeological findings ( ruins of Roman architecture and findings, in 1899 a  pre-Romanesque pluteus was found) which indicates the existence of a Roman and early medieval settlement.

In the wider area there is a great number of ancient and medieval archaeological sites: Kostanjica, the ruins of a Roman country villa and cremation graves near Ušićevi Dvori, the remains of ancient architecture in the forest of Magran ( Macrianum ) and in the surroundings of Strmotić .

The today’s village was founded in the 17th century by immigrants from Dalmatia, who were assigned the land of the Venetian Barbarigo family by the Captain of Rašpor in 1647.

The nucleus of the village of Valtura was built around the ruins of the Church of St. Martin, at the site where a new church of St. John the Evangelist was built.

In the centre of the place is a single-nave parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John in the neo-Gothic style with an octagonal belfry above the facade built in 1899.

The church  contains valuable carved choir stalls wheras the bell tower of the church has the bell cast by master Gregory Zambelli in 1698.

(source:  http://liznjan.hr, text written by Antonio Giudici)

 

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