Art and culture in Brtonigla

Idyllic Brtonigla is a town of primeval inspiration; its luscious natural environment and serene pace of life clear the way to new worlds of artistic creativity. An example is the great sculpture and painter, Alexander Rukavina, whose works have left a deep imprint on the cultural life of Brtonigla and its environs...


The Aleksandar Rukavina Gallery

The Aleksandar Rukavina Gallery
In the complete shade of the hinterland of Brtonigla, in the idyllic green scenery, one can find the gallery of the academic sculptor and painter Aleksandar Rukavina (1934. – 1985.). It is nicely nested and adapted to the mild descent, following the natural configuration of the soil. The Memorial Gallery shows the overview of works of this Zagreb-born artist, who had a special connection to the Istrian area and people. Rukavina cooperated with the master workshop of Vanja Radauš, one of the greatest Croatian 20th c. sculptors. He ...

Magnificent St. Zeno

St. Zeno church
The parish church in Brtonigla was named after St Zeno, an early Christian bishop from Verona, who is also a patron saint of this Istrian town. It is generally considered that St Zeno was a native of North Africa. During his 10-year service as a bishop, he carried out several reforms of church customs. The inside of St. Zeno's church in Brtonigla is light and clear. The ceiling is flat, the apse is polygonal and the side walls are decorated with marble altars, made in neo-baroque style. A small vestibule is located between the entrance ...

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

In the picturesque village of Radini, half way from Brtonigla to the sea, there is a lovely church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Built in the first half of the 20th century, it has a small floor area. It has only several rows of pews, but its interior is dominated by the surprisingly great altar, made just like the well ...
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