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The Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica is a group of religious monuments in Poreč, Croatia. This is where Christianity arrived in the 4th century. The Euphrasian basilica, along with the sacristy, baptistery and bell tower of the archbishop's palace, are some of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in this region.

The earliest basilica was dedicated to Saint Maurus of Parentium. It was built in the 4th century. The present basilica, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, dates to the 6th century, during the period of the Bishop Euphrasius. It was built over the older basilica.

In addition to the basilica, the Episcopal complex includes the 6th century octagonal baptistery. It has since undergone a number of alterations.

The bell tower dates to the 16th century. From the top, one can get a good view of Poreč and the surrounding countryside.

The Archbishop's Palace was also built in the 6th century, but not much remains of the original building. There is also a memorial chapel from the 17th and 19th centuries.

The Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Naples, Italy on 1-6 December, 1997.

Photos of Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia
Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia
Author: SI-Ziga (public domain)

Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia
Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia
Author: SI-Ziga (public domain)

Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia
Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia
Author: Georges Jansoone JoJan (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 45 13 45.012 E 13 35 39.984 in the county of Istria
Inscription Year: 1997
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV

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Visiting Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

The Episcopal Complex of the Eupharasian Basilica is in Poreč, on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. You can reach it by taking a ferry from Venice during the summer months (April to September).


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