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Hum – The smallest town in the world

We think you’ve heard of the world’s smallest country. But do you know what is the smallest town in the world? It is the city of Hum, The city of Hum is located in the northeastern, border region of Istria and the elevation is 349 m. The population of the city is only 30 as of 2022, making it the smallest population of a city in the world.

Hum is not only the world’s smallest city, but the medieval townscape also fascinates tourists. A tourist will feel like traveling back in time as he walks through the historic stone lanes past the old town and houses and churches. Not only that but enjoying the traditional delicacies of foods Hum is also an experience you should not miss.

History of the smallest town in the world?

While the forts were established there during the era of Roman rule Hum was first mentioned in 1102 as “castrum Cholm”. The town served as a frontier fort from its earliest days until the end of the 18th century. The palace at Hum was built in the 11th century. Although the fort there is no longer preserved, an analysis of geomorphological factors and the urban organization of the settlement suggests that it was located on elevated plains in the western part of the town.

During the reign of Aquileia (1102-1412), Ham was a prosperous town. While there was more construction activity at that time the artistic life of the town, the public spaces of the settlement – the square and the streets were shaped in an urban sense, and the monuments, cemeteries, churches, St. Jerome with Romanesque-Byzantine frescoes and a Romanesque-Gothic belfry tower was built. In 1412, the Venetian invasion began with the demolition of the walls of Hum. Later on, The creation of new buildings took place around the 16th century.

After the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, Hum remained part of Austria until World War I. 19th Century skin lost its role as a fortress and basically The urban settlement took place. The construction retained an urban character until the end of the century, and then in 1802, a large new church was built on the site of the old fort.

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Things To Do in Hum

Although Hum is the smallest town in the world, there are some things to do in hum. The town is very charming even though it has only two small streets and three rows of houses. Beautiful places can be explored on a leisurely stroll through the city. Entering the city, you can see an old town gate decorated with copper plates, built between the 11th and 12th centuries. Glagolitic inscriptions are another specialty that you can see in Hum.

Built in 1802, the Baroque Church of st Mary is one of the most beautiful attractions to explore in Hum. Inside the church, you can see the beautiful paintings and the 5 marble altars inside. Climbing to the top of the bell tower in Him will give you an amazing experience. After reach to the top You will see a breathtaking view below

Culinary experience

On a trip to the hum, you can try delicious truffle specialties, local wines, liqueurs, and brandies. You will also find a variety of wonderful cuisine shops. On this trip, We believe that you should try the famous mistletoe schnapps of the region.

Best time to visit Hum

It doesn’t take much time to explore the town, but it’s worth a visit. In September you can experience the city better as there are hardly any crowds. During this time you can enjoy almost everything in the city. If necessary, you can spend a night here in one of the apartments. The city has a unique view with a bench at the end. However, the city is open to all types of tourists.

How to reach the Hum?

Hum is an ideal place for a day trip from Istria. The city is easy to reach from any part of Istria. All tourists there can enter the town through the small village of Roch, which is 3 km along the Glagolitic Alley. The path is decorated with large stone sculptures inscribed with Croatian Glagolitic characters.

Q & A

1. What is the Croatian town Hum famous for?

Hum is the smallest city in the world

3. How many people live in Hum in Croatia?

30 people


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