Stara Sola Korte

Korte 74, Izola, 6310, Slovenia
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Izola - Forgotten town on the Adriatic

by Willettsworld

Izola, (or Isola meaning island in Italian, as it once was an island), is located on the coast of Slovenia between Koper and Piran. It was occupied by the Romans, (who named their settlement Haliaetum), at Simon’s Bay just along the coast from today’s Old Town. The town flourished under the Venetians in the Middle Ages thanks to its trade in olives, fish and wine and a town wall was built around the island. However, a devastating plague in the 16th century all but ended its trading routes and the town lost its economic base. The French came along under Napoleon in the 19th century, tore down the walls and filled in the estuary to make the island part of the mainland and also destroyed several old churches and houses for good measure. The town hasn’t really recovered since and because of this, it isn’t a big tourist destination. But there are a few nice things to see such as the parish church of St Maurus and its bell tower, the large marina and a Rococo gem in the form of the Besenghi degli Ughi Palace – the best example you can find in Slovenia. I visited Izola one morning and also had lunch here before heading back to where I was staying in Koper in the afternoon in order to travel on to Trieste. The old town medieval centre is a lot smaller than its neighbours and so doesn’t need more than 2-3 hours to walk around.

St Maurus Church Pt1

by Willettsworld

The parish church of Izola was built on top of a hill in 1547 and consecrated in 1553. It is built on the same location as a previous church that dated from 1356. Its façade is typically Romanesque whilst the lavish interior (restored in the early 1980’s) is Baroque and features 10 altars and an organ dating from 1796.

The Virgin Mary and Child on a Throne, between St. Joseph and St. Nicholas by Gerolamo da Santacroce in 1537. The painting was stolen in the night of 27th December 1973 and was found in 1982. Restored in 2005.

The Transport of Christ's Body by Palma il Giovane in 1537.

The cupola is an image of the Holy Trinity surrounded by 8 angels. In the corners there are portraits of the Four Evangelists and between them the three Theological Virtues (faith, hope and love) and the fourth one - religion.

Saint Mauro - The Martyr by Alessandro da Spilimbergo in 1587. Restored in 1981.

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