Boundary Markers of Motovun Forest

Fig. 1 Aerial view of Motovun forest.

Motovun forest or the Forest of St. Mark was the most important Istrian forest during the period of the Venetian Republic (Fig. 1). Its oak wood was used for the needs of the Venetian Arsenal, i.e., for ship-building. The outer boundary of the forest was marked with stone boundary markers which may have featured a winged lion with his wings extended, a coat of arms and the initials Z. P. (Zuanne Pizzamano (?), the Captain of Rašpor), the name of the territory (PIAMONTE), the letters C. F. (Catastro forestale, or, Confine forestale), and an ordinal number (84).


This marker was originally located on Ponte Porton and stems from the 18th century (Fig. 2). It was damaged during road construction works (Fig. 3) and after it was restored in the Archaeological Museum of Istria it was put on display here in Završje.

Fig. 2 Shot on: October 31, 2006
Fig. 3 Shot on: August 18, 2009


  1. Tatjana Bradara - Slaven Bertoša - Nenad Kuzmanović - Christian Gallo - Đeni Gobić-Bravar - Saša Valenčić, KAMIK NA KUNFINU: granične oznake u istarskim šumama / PIETRE SUI CONFINI: i cippi terminali nei boschi istriani. Monografije i katalozi Arheološkog muzeja Istre, 22. Pula, 2013.
  2. Mauro Pitteri, Granične oznake Motovunske šume iz 1779. godine / Motovun Forest Boundary Markers erected in 1779. Histria archaeologica, 44/2013. Pula, 2014. 143-160.

A reconstruction of a boundary marker

Typo3 site by Ulisys d.o.o. , 2010.