Visiting Dvigrad was a bit of a happy accident for us. We were travelling through Croatia, from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula, to see the Roman amphitheatre there, when Rich noticed a small aside in our guidebook about an abandoned town. Since our planned route was taking us close by, we decided to make a bit of a detour.
Over a thousand years ago, Dvigrad began as two castles on adjacent small hills within the Draga Valley in what is now Croatia. Eventually, they were merged into a single settlement, surrounded by a tall defensive wall.
However, Dvigrad’s fortunes began to decline during an extended period in which its population battled plague and malaria. Then, in 1615, it once again became the focus of a foreign army’s unwelcome attention. And although it resisted capture on this occasion, the village never really recovered.
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