Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Central & Eastern Istria

Labin's parish church – originally built in the 11th century but tinkered with until the 18th – has a Venetian lion over the main door and baroque marble altars inside. Note the trompe-l'œil effect on the ceiling, painted to look like it's coffered.

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