Feštinsko kraljevstvo

Feštinsko kraljevstvo

Feštini - Žminj
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Temperatura

13 - 15 C

History

The cave was discovered in the 1930s, when Tone Božac known locally as Fraitar accidentally uncovered it.  While digging holes to plant new grapevines, his pick fell through a hole and into the cave below.

At that time he had no idea what was concealed beneath the hole, so he tried to fill it up to prevent an accident.  But he could not succeed in filling in the hole completely because the dirt kept sinking through it.  Time passed and no one knew what was located under Fraitar´s vineyard.  

During the Italian occupation of Istria in the 1940s, the inhabitants of the village decided to find out what was beneath the hole.  They were most interested in finding a shelter from the constant dangers of the war.  After the hole was dug out, the entrance to the cave was opened.  Everyone was amazed at what they saw and could not believe what was hidden beneath the ground of their village.  

Children from the neighboring villages came to see the cave.  When their parents asked where they had been, they answered that they had been in the kingdom.  So today the cave is call The Feštini Kingdom.

During the war, the village of Feštini suffered a great tragedy.  All of the adult men in the village were killed.  Only Josip Bepo Božac, the son of Fraitar, survived because he hid in the cave!

There was one other tragicomic situation in the interesting history of the cave.  A small playful donkey, which meant more to the villagers than treasure, fell into the cave while playing near its opening.  Fortunately, he was not injured, only frightened.  When the villagers pulled him out of the cave, they joked how the little donkey had been in the kingdom.  

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