Seen within a global context, Istria is but a speck on the vast map of the world. But, in many ways it is perfect. If one were to believe folklore and myths, Jason and his Argonauts visited its shores. Enraptured by what he saw, Jason went ashore and founded a whole new city – Pula. This is where the mythical history of Istria starts. The other history, the one that is of this world, is equally poetic, but far more violent and savage. Just as in the case of Jason, Istria was always an irresistible attraction as far as powerful leaders were concerned, and there were many who sought to make it a part of their crown jewels, even though they did not care how they attained their goal. For many centuries, wars, violence, ransacking and plundering and changing governments were an integral part of Is-tria’s reality.
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