Favorite thing: Titov trg is the main square in Koper. It is bordered by several buildings. Here you can visit the Cathedral of the Assumption. It was rebuilt in the XVIII century and is dedicated to Saint Nazarius; Koper's patron saint. Beside the church there is the a belltower that was originally separated from the church. They say it is a good lookout viewpoint over the town. Near the belltower we see the Praetorian Palace. This was the residence of the podestà (the boss!) of the town who was chosen directly by the doge of Venice. Its current structure dates from the mid 15th century. This palace was built on the site of two XIII century houses. In the second half of the XIII century these were joined. Today the Praetorian Palace houses the Town Hall and some rooms opened to visitors. Ask at the tourist office on the ground floor about it. Opposite this palace there is the Loggia. It was built in 1463 and renovated in the 17th century..
Favorite thing: This square takes its name from Vittore Carpaccio (1460-1525); a famous painter. Here you can see the house where he was born. Probably his son Benedetto lived there. On this square there is also a column built in the1571 to commemorate the battle of Lepanto and a salt warehouse built in the 17th century. Today it is used as an exposition site.
Favorite thing: This square was named after the famous poet France Presernov. It is located at the southern end of the old town. Here you can see the Da Ponte fountain; built in the 1666. It supplied the town with drinkable water for several centuries. At one end of the square there is the Muda Gate. It is the last remaining gate of the old Koper. There were twelve of them.
I was in Koper with a Slovene friend, Ivan from Ilirska Bistrica.
I told him that I love watching all those green leaves hanging on the doorsteps, windows.
A very good sight in all over Mediteranean destinations.
Is there a significant reason why people grow leaves, put some pillars so the leaves could grow & grow, hence covering the the doorsteps or windows ?
My only answer is to think that these leaves will make the houses & buildings more shady from the sun.
Any other explaination ?
Favorite thing: Koper is the main Slovenian port and the entrance to the inland of the Central Europe. It is located on the "top" of Istria. Koper was an island till the 19th century. Later the town and the island were connected with the mainland. Old town centre boasts with the rich architecture and cultural monuments. For more info: http://www.koper.si/povezave/default_e.asp
I probably say this on all my pages, but getting lost in the backstreets is my favourite way to get to know a town. Koper is ideal for getting lost...the old town is just a maze of narrow streets, but you don't get worryingly lost as sooner or later you emerge on the seafront or in Titov trg at the centre of the old town.
Fondest memory: Drinking cokolad on the terrace of the Loggia kavarna, looking out over Titov trg. Cokolad should really be experienced...it is not really hot chocolate, more like thick dark chocolate custard. Don't let the waitress fob you off with kakao, a milky chocolate drink...say 'ne, cokolad, prosim!'...if she asks 'topli?'...say 'ja!'.
The Preseren Square. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Slovenia, if you ask me.
In the middle of it stands the Da Ponte Well, built in 1666 and used by the townspeople until 1898.
The most awsome building is the Cathedral of the Assumption on the eastern side of the square. It dates from the 2nd half of the 12th century and the original Romanesque church was enlarged at the close of the 15th century.
Another building worth of seeing is the Praetor's Palace, located at the Tito Square. It is one of Koper's main architectural monuments. Until the fall of Venetian Republic, it was the quarters of the Venetian podestats and governors, following which is served as a municipal building.
Fondest memory: No doubt the walk on Cankarjeva ulica. It's so colorful, always busy with people. There are shops, cafes, and of course delicious ice-cream…
Favorite thing: see the centre, with a nice small cathedral and Loggia cafe which is on the same place, which is called Titov trg. If you are lucky you may see some good exhibitions in the Loggia gallery as well! Otherwise, the beach is disgusting!
Titro trg 3 - Piazza Tito 3
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Favorite thing: Have a stroll on the backstreets of Koper. You will bump into several old palace, but now and then you'll have the feeling to be in a village more than in a town.
Favorite thing: Cevaljarska ulica (Cobblers street) is a narrow pedestrian street that runs south from Titov trg. There are lots of shops, some cafes and eateries there.
Favorite thing: Check the Weather before the visit.
* Tourism Office
Titov trg, 3
- Tel.: (+386) 5 664 64 03
- Fax:: (+386) 5 664 64 06
- E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet: www.koper.si
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