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Vižinada Municipality
Općina Vižinada - Comune di Visinada[1]
Panorama of town centre
Panorama of town centre
Flag of Vižinada
Vižinada is located in Croatia
Location of Vižinada in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°20′N 13°46′E / 45.333°N 13.767°E / 45.333; 13.767Coordinates: 45°20′N 13°46′E / 45.333°N 13.767°E / 45.333; 13.767
 • MayorMarko Ferenac
40 m (130 ft)
 • Total1,158
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Vižinada (Italian: Visinada) is a village and municipality in the interior of the western part of Istria, Croatia. It is 17 km northeast of Poreč, with an elevation of 400 m. The economy is agriculture-based.


The total municipality population is 1,155, distributed in the following settlements:[2]

History and culture[edit]

The parish was first mentioned in 1177, in the papal document granting a privilege to the bishop of Poreč. Vižinada is located at the intersection of the main road Buje - Pula (M2, E751) and a local road toward Poreč. Despite various attempts at defacing stone effigies of the Lion of St Mark in the square and church interior, the township and its environs were under Venetian control at various periods throughout history. Traditional events are: Versi na sterni, festival of poetry, as well as folk feasts Krostulijada, St. Mary and St. Valentine.

In popular culture[edit]

Vizinada's square where the climax of Kelly's Heroes was filmed.

In 1969, various locations in Vižinada was used as sets during the filming of the heist film Kelly's Heroes; the village was used as a stand-in for the French town of Clermont, with the script having a German-held bank full of gold bullion being up for grabs. Yugoslavia itself had been chosen for a shooting location for, among other reasons, that at the time it was one of the few nations whose army still possessed operational WWII-era tanks and other vehicles suitable for use in the film.[3]) Vižinada today remains mostly the same as it was in the production, as seen in the photograph of the church square, in which the confrontation with the Tiger tank takes place.

The photograph (right) shows Vižinada as seen in the film. The church tower is where the characters Cowboy (Jeff Morris) and Gutowski (Richard Davalos) are positioned, overlooking the town square, and the bank. To the right of the photograph, where the gentleman is standing, the Tiger Tank was sitting, as the three men (Kelly, Oddball and Big Joe) approached it to confront the commander.


  1. ^ See the list of towns and municipalities in the Istria County (ref. to [1]) and the narodne-novine list (ref. to [2])
  2. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Vižinada". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  3. ^ Ben Mankiewicz introduction to Kelly's Heroes, Turner Classic Movies, 25 May 2015.

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