PADNA … RELICS OF THE PAST AS A GIFT

 

 

The apartment houses are situated beneath the ridge, on the sunny side of the old Šavrini village Padna. Their terraces face south, where the wide and rich valley of Piševec runs out into the Dragonja river, the geographic border between Slovenian and Croatian Istria.


Padna is one of the old Istrian villages which can be found on the ridges and flat backs of the Šavrini Hills. Stony settlements on top of the hills picturesquely dominate over the low-lying fertile plain. The sunny and terraced southern sides are full of olive groves and vines, while the sunless sides are dominated by gorges and dense Istrian forest.


Padna retains all the features of an old Istrian village, with houses of stone built close to each other around the main square and the church. Due to its historic development Padna has two churches, as its former centre was located a bit to the east and higher on the hill, next to the old church and the cemetery in Stara Padna. Archaeological finds there date back to the period between the 2nd and the 5th century. Antique ceramics, amphorae and the so called tegulae (ancient Greek and Roman roof tiles) prove the fact that the old Roman road Via Flavia ran by the village.


Padna is divided into three parts, the Varda, Jugno as the southern part, and the before mentioned Stara Padna or Vas (Village). Varda is the central part of Padna, with the name derived from the Italian 'guardia' – the Watch.


Administratively, Padna is an independent local community within the Piran Municipality. A tourist office and the Istranova restaurant and oil mill can be found in the village.



POINTS OF INTEREST


The old village well – it is located on the north-western side below Varda.

The Božidar Jakac gallery – a collection of graphics and drawings is exhibited at the former Padna school. One of the greatest Slovenian painters of the 20th century, Božidar Jakac (1899-1989), lived in Padna in his childhood.

The St. Blaise church – The church boasts a marble plate with ornaments, dating from the beginning of the 9th century.

The St. Sabbas church – The church boasts a stony holy-water basin and a wooden altar with an image of the saint.
 



 

 

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