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LABIN - The medieval town of Labin is situated on the hill above Rabac. Its old name of Albona was first mentioned in 285 AD. The birthplace of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, the reformer and collaborator of Martin Luther, it is a cultural and administrative center today. The rich cultural and architectural heritage of Labin is enlivened by number of art ateliers and by the bustling youth gathering in the coffee bars scattered around the old town. The Sculpture Park in nearby Dubrova features over 70 forma viva stone sculptures. After a walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town, pay a visit to the Town Museum with its archaeological and unique in this part of Europe, a miniature coal mine. Have a look at the Memorial collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, peek into the art ateliers, enjoy the view of Rabac and Cres island from the Fortica or pop into the small, elegant shops and take refreshments on one of the terraces of the local coffee bars. Whether to do business or just to have a chat, these are the places where everyone meets.
a picturesque town situated on a 320 meters high hill and only three
kilometers from the seaside, inhabited two thousand years B.C. The
remnants of Kunci, one of the settlements
called the 'castellums', dating from the Bronze Age, can be found in the
vicinity of Labin. Its old Illyrian-Celtic name is Albona or Alvona and it was
probably founded by Celts in the 4th century B.C. on the ruins of the ancient
city. Some historians say it was fortified by the Illyrians in the 11th
century B.C. They also say that Albona in the Celtic language means 'a town on
the hill' or 'an elevated settlement'. Titus Livius said that Labin
inhabitants were pirates. After the conflicts between the local inhabitants
and Romans, which had started in the 3rd century B.C., Istra came under the
Romans in 177 B.C. The borderline was the river Rasa. Labin and its
surroundings thus became an integral part of Illyrian, the Roman province with
a high degree of independence and authority over the nearby settlements. The
oldest written document about Labin is a relief from the 3rd century with the
insertion 'RES PUBLICA ALBONESSIUM'.
City of Labin....
Mediterranean Sculpures Simposium in Dubrova...
Mediterranean sculpture symposium (MKS), event founded in 1969. as an idea from Labin artists Josip Diminic and Quintino Bassani and a sculptress from Zagreb Milena Lah. The first MKS was held in 1970 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Labin Republic, the first participants were Croatian sculptors Milena Lah, Ivan Kožaric and Italian sculptor Antonio Paradiso, whose sculpture Gulls, a Piece of River (near Vozilici), the Grain of Wheat are located as symbolic borders so called "Labin Republic". The working space of MKS is Dubrova Park Estate, an area of about 35ha, near Labin, which Labin municipality allocated for permanent use. The basic determinants of the MKS are contemporary praise and beauty of Istrian Stone, reaffirmation of stone sculpture, sculptors and material debate, promotion the cultivation and Istrian space, setting up a permanent exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the open, marking the paths of sculptural expression. MKS uses predominantly white Istrian Vinkuran stone, delivered by Kamen, an enterprise from Pazin. MKS is held every year (there was only one interruption) during the first half of August and September, with the Financial support and patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Istrian County, and the Municipality of Labin and Sveta Nedelja. Choice of sculptures is decided by the seven-member professional counsel, placement and position of sculptures is decided by five-member professional committee. Systematically monitored by art historians and Vanda Ekl Gorka Ostojic-Cvajner. Until 2003 79 renowned Croatian and Inteernational sculptors had been working on MKS, and have created 86 sculptures, 74 of which are located in the park. A special project called MKS the so-called White Road, whose shares now achieved seven sculptors. According to the Joseph Diminic project, a longtime president of the MKS, "Dolac" was developed within the park, a sort of an amphitheater for musical performances.