Pazin became famous all over the world, thanks to Jules Verne's 1885 novel "Mathias Sandor". According to the plot, the Hungarian count, after whom the novel is named, was arrested by the Austrian police for revolutionary activities and sent to prison in Kashel Castle. The terrifying positioning of the castle above the abyss is described in detail in the novel. Sentenced to death, having no other chance, the count decides to escape - during bad weather he tries to go down the lightning rod, but falls into the abyss into the turbulent waters of the river Pazinčica, which carries him into an underground pit.According to local residents, the plot was based on the real story of the escape of Hungarian rebels from prison who also reached Pazin Cave, but unlike Count Sandor, they never found a way out of it.Jules Verne was actively assisted in the creation of the historical novel by the Pazin authorities, who provided him with photographs and all the necessary information, including detailed maps of the city and the castle.Today, tourists can see with their own eyes the 10th century castle, Pazin Cave and amazing natural landscapes, including waterfalls, lakes and interesting river reliefs.The Pazin Ethnographic Museum, organized in the castle building, contains more than 4,200 exhibits: folk costumes, musical instruments, household items and national cuisines and much more.At the same time, Pazin is the administrative center of Istria, less tourist-oriented, which allows you to dive into the urban Istrian way of life in which the locals live.
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