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History of Savudrija and the Lighthouse.

The importance of the harbour at Savudrija is perhaps confirmed by the very long history of human habitation in these parts.

Traces of human presence found in the area have been subjected to radiocarbon dating, these stone artifacts were found to be 11,170 years old.

Umag town museum houses a collection of ancient stone monuments recovered from the surrounding area.

There are plentiful remains testifying to the Roman presence, suggesting that this territory was densely populated, therefore important.

Over years many Roman findings have been unearthed, particularly near the harbour of Savudrija, a link in the seaborne trade route link to and from Aquileia, north of Trieste.

The ancient remains were first described in 1540, indicating the remains of various buildings and the ruins of the old harbour when tidal conditions allow – tides not being very big in the Mediterranean!

The most detailed survey was published in 1957, outlining the position of both northern and southern jetties, the northern jetty being rebuilt in 1996 with a new lighthouse.

Among other artefacts, is a little bronze statue of the goddess Isis Fortuna, dated to the 2nd century A.D. exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Istria in Pula. The image testifies to the connection given to the Oriental fertility goddess Isis and the Roman goddess of fortune - Fortuna.

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Further significant roman remains are still visible, especially to the south of the bay.

More recent times until the middle of the 20th century, saw this part of Istria divided into huge estates.

Of the twenty-eight estates situated in north-western Istria, all of them with a surface exceeding 75 acres, six were within the zone of Savudrija, with a total of 2400 acres. The Benedictine estate being the largest.



Lighthouse at Savudrija


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The architect Pietro Nobile designed it at the request of the Stock Exchange Deputation from Trieste (nowadays the Trieste Chamber of Commerce), in the interests of making navigation to Trieste safer.

Being visible from Trieste, a system of flag signals was used to communicate on shipping movements.

Building began in March 1817, sponsored by Francis I, emperor of Austria, to whose memory there is an inscription at the base of the lighthouse.

The local stone used for the project came from the nearby beach and was carved on the spot. On the night of 17 April 1818, just over one year later, the building was completed and operational.

The lighthouse was activated in the presence of the emperor who was then visiting Trieste, including North-West Istria into his itinerary.

This was the first lighthouse in the world to derive its light from gas distilled from coal. Oil was a secondary power source in the event of gas malfunctioning.

Naturally, a new lighthouse was a huge curiosity at the time, with instances of visitors attempting to climb to the top. As a security measure, the lighthouse keepers were allowed to have a weapon and fire it, if necessary.

Although the light mechanism is now automated, the lighthouse keeper is still in residence – the current amount of weaponry is not known!

For a display of period armaments, and all things nautical from a previous era, a trip to the KuK Nautical Museum at Novigrad is recommended.

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