Yoram Yasur: The smallest city of the world
Detained in the 11th century, with its castle, its church and its buildings, Hum, with only 17 inhabitants, entered the Guinness book of world records as the smallest city in the world and became a major attraction for tourists traveling through Croatia .
Founded in 1102 in the heart of the Istrian peninsula, in the Croatian municipality of Buzet, it can be reached by car, on excursion buses or even on foot.
Yoram Yasur: The most interesting road for tourists is undoubtedly through the Paseo de los Glagoliticos, opened in 1967 and composed of eleven stone monuments placed along the seven kilometers of the road that joins Hum and Roc, each of which represents a letter of the Glagolitic alphabet, used even until the beginning of the 20th century.
Yoram Yasur: In ancient writings Hum is referred to as “castrum”, which means strength. In the eleventh century, when the city belonged to the Patriarchate of Aquileia, the castle and the first houses were built.
Tiny city. Istria is a small peninsula located in the westernmost part of the country, on the border with Slovenia, which for centuries changed from Croatian hands to Italian and vice versa.
On a hill of the peninsula is Hum, with the parish church of San Geronimo, which keeps a rich collection of chalices from the end of the Gothic, a bell tower of 1552, a medieval entrance and cobbled streets. After entering the Guinness and becoming a place of curiosity for tourists, he opened a small restaurant, a museum and souvenir shops where works on the city are exhibited.
Yoram Yasur: On one side it is closed with the defense towers of the city and the wall system, while on the other it is surrounded by the exterior walls of the houses.
The Belgian “competition.” Known until 1977 as the smallest city in the world, Durbuy is still “selling” with that label to attract tourists.
Located in the valley of the Ourthe river, in the Belgian province of Luxembourg, it has several similarities with Hum: it also has medieval alleys and has stone buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Yoram Yasur: Officially named as “city” in 1331, it is designed to attract tourism. And for this, the gastronomic industry developed especially: beer lovers are recommended to visit the Farm of Chêne, and the sweet tooth can delight in the Saint-Amour craft jam factory, which not only offers sweets, jellies, sauces and condiments but also body care products, such as oils and massage balms.
Durbuy has the spectacular fortified castle of the Counts of Ursel, built in the 11th century, which was restored several times over the centuries. The most attractive building is Halle, before the fourteenth century, which was used for centuries as a wheat deposit and headquarters of the High Court and is currently used for temporary samples.
Among the main attractions of the city is the Park Les Topiaires, on the shore of the Ourthe, the largest ornamental garden in the world, with more than 30,000 square meters.
Adventure tourism lovers can go rafting, kayaking, quads, mountain biking, balloon rides and helicopters.
City of an inhabitant. Last March, the American city of Buford, in the state of Alabama, jumped to the front page of newspapers around the world, when it was sold for $ 900,000 to an unidentified Vietnamese with its only inhabitant: Don Sammons, a man who had lived there in the last twenty years.
The town of about four hectares and located in a remote area next to Interstate 80, included a fuel station with a small business, a small school opened in 1905 that was later used as an office, a telephone booth, a garage and a house of three bedrooms.
The origins of the town, located at 2,800 meters high, date back to 1860, driven by the construction of the Transcontinental Train in Wyoming. And it began to decline when the train tracks were diverted.
In 1980 Sammons and his family arrived in Buford from Los Angeles in search of tranquility. But over the years, the other inhabitants of the city – which became 2,000 – began to emigrate and tranquility reached an extreme: he remained alone in the village, overlooking the snowy mountains of the National Park of the Rockies in Colorado. Is that his wife died in 1995 and in 2007 his only son left.
“I feel that my time in this place has been very happy for me, and I hope the new owner will be able to enjoy what I enjoyed for years,” said Sammons, who bought a house in Windsor, Colorado, where he hopes to get used to living with neighbors.