Discovering the Rich Historical and Cultural Mosaic of Buje, Croatia: A Photographer’s Journey

As with some of the other places I’ve been during the start of this project (I’m talking about the visit to Istria in September 2023), this is my second time visiting Buje. The first time was in Spring 2016, and now, 7,5 years later – I’m back. Honestly, I was impressed with what I’ve seen there, so I knew I’d be back. I didn’t think it would be because of a project like this, but I’m glad it is!

Everything was as I remembered, but I had one issue. Because of the renovations at the St. Servolo Square, I couldn’t photograph the St. Servolo Church, but that’s just another reason to revisit Buje, so I’m not complaining.

Now, let me introduce Buje to you.

Before we start, let me just tell you that I’m a photographer first, so I won’t focus that much on writing, so you’ll be able to learn mostly things that are already on Wikipedia and other websites. If I find out something really interesting and less known, I’ll mention that.


Buje, a town located in western Croatia, is a mosaic of 26 unique neighborhoods, each with its distinct charm. These neighborhoods include Baredine, Bibali, and Buje itself, situated in the northwestern part of Istria, in proximity to Umag and the sea. Buje forms a part of the Bujština area, which also encompasses other towns like Novigrad and Grožnjan.

Built upon several hills, the highest being Bujsko brdo at 222 meters, Buje is divided into various parts. Sv. Sebastijan represents the newest section of the town, while Stari grad, the oldest area, is perched atop Bujsko brdo. Monte Bašter, near the city cemetery, and Stanica, formerly a railway station hub now buzzing with economic activity, are other notable parts of Buje.

Buje has a rich historical narrative, evolving from a small Roman settlement to being under the rule of various powers, including the Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires. Each era has left its distinct imprint on the town. During the Venetian rule, significant structures like the bell tower and St. Servula’s Church were constructed, the latter notable for its unfinished façade, a vestige of that period.

The town’s economy is primarily based on agriculture, with a focus on vineyards and olive groves. Interestingly, Buje once had its own power company, Elektra Buje, until 1963. The town is also home to the Digitron factory, known for producing electronic gear, such as calculators, which are commonly referred to as ‘digitrons’ in the region.

Among Buje’s notable landmarks are St. Servula’s Church and the Church of Our Lady of Mercy. The latter is associated with a fascinating legend: a local landowner was unable to move a statue of the Virgin Mary, even with the help of horses. This incident was interpreted as a divine sign to build a shrine at that very location.

In summary, Buje presents a captivating mix of historical depth, scenic beauty, and intriguing legend. Its evolution through various historical epochs, coupled with its vibrant agricultural economy and rich cultural heritage, make it a noteworthy destination in Croatia. Buje is more than just a town; it’s a tapestry of diverse experiences, waiting to be explored by those who appreciate the unique convergence of history, nature, and legend.

Check the Showcase page of Buje by clicking HERE.


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