Hum, Croatia

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Hum's bell-tower
Hum's bell-tower
Hum is located in Croatia
Location of Hum within Croatia
Coordinates: 45°20′53″N 14°3′0″E / 45.34806°N 14.05000°E / 45.34806; 14.05000
Country Croatia
County Istria
Elevation 349 m (1,145 ft)
 • Total 23
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Hum (Italian: Colmo; German: Cholm) is a town in the central part of Istria, northwest Croatia, 7 km from Roč. The elevation is 349 m.

It has a population of only 17 people (2001 census),[1] but is officially a town. [2]



On its western side, the town is enclosed by walls and on the remaining sides houses are built into the defensive walls. It was first mentioned in documents dating from 1102, at which time it was called Cholm which is derived from the Italian name Colmo. A bell and watch tower was built in 1552 as part of the town's defenses beside the town loggia.[3] The present Parish Church of St. Jerome (Sveti Jeromim) with its classical facade was built in 1802 on the side of an earlier church which was built by the local master Juraj Gržinič.

The "Hum Glagolitic wall writings" are preserved in the church, written in the formative period of Glagolitic (the second half of the 12th century) and they are one of the oldest examples of Croatian Glagolitic literary culture in the Middle Ages.[3] The town museum displays a few Glagolitic writings.


  1. ^ "SAS Output". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ Ryan James, Hana Mastrini, Mark Baker, Karen Torme Olson, Angela Charlton, Keith Bain, Pippa de Bruyn, Frommer's Eastern Europe, pg. 179, Frommers (2009), ISBN 0-470-39908-2
  3. ^ a b Naklada Naprijed, The Croatian Adriatic Tourist Guide, pg. 27, Zagreb (1999), ISBN 953-178-097-8

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Hum at Wikimedia Commons
  • Hum Official Site

Coordinates: 45°20′55″N 14°03′00″E / 45.34861°N 14.05000°E / 45.34861; 14.05000