The only preserved Gothic loggia in Slovenia is located facing the Praetor's palace, in the main square.
It was built in 1462, with a second storey added in 1698. It houses a cafe, and a gallery in the first floor.
Once part of a Roman fortification this tower was transformed to be used for liturgical purposes in the 15Th century.
If you risk to climb its 204 steps, you will have a nice view, 43 meters high, wit the tower reaching 54 meters at all.
The most outstanding building in Koper is a palace from the 13Th century, with a Venetian look but mixing late Gothic and Renaissance styles. The cogged top is an addition from the 17Th century.
Nowadays it houses the tourist information center, and it is free to visit, even the areas used by the city council.
The Belgramoni-Tacco Palace dating from the early 17th century houses the Regional Museum of Koper.
Inside you can see an archaeological collection with things found in Istria, moreover there are wooden statues, paintings and various furniture.
This palace has a nice garden with lots of ancient statues.
Don't miss the beautiful door knocker of the main door of this palace.
I signed up with the ship to do a walking tour of Koper called 'Koper Impressions'. A local guide came to meet us at the port and we all made our way to Koper Old Town. We began learning about the history of Koper and Slovenia. Secondly, we made our way to the main sqaure where saw the Koper Loggia, Foresteria and Armeria, the Bell Tower and entered into the Cathedral of Mary's Assumption and admired the treasures the church has.
We continued our tour where we had a look inside the Praetorian Palace and visited the municipal council chambers. We wandered through the backstreets and squares and saw Da Ponte Fountain, Muda Gate, the Taverna, St Justine's column, Totto ex Gavardo Palace and eventually reaching the Regional Museum where we learnt about the Roman, Venetian and Regions cultural and history. The tour ended with sampling regional wines and goodies in the museum grounds.
I spent rest of my time at Koper exploring independently and climbing up the Bell Tower.
Koper's biggest fountain was reproduced after the Rialto Bridge in Venice in 1666. It was commissioned by Lorenzo da Ponte, a Podesta, and there are notable sculptures on the fountain relating to the city's history and mythology.
The fountain served spring water for the locals until the late 19th Century and the fountain was restored around 1990.
This Gothic and Renaissance style cathedral is housed at the location of a former Roman Basilica and goes back since the 1100s. The cathedral has a number of notable treasures: The 'Madonna with Chilo on the Throne and Saints' painting at the alter; the stone Sarcophagus of St Nazarius; Zanchi's painting in the cathedral's presbytery and other exciting treasures.
The cathedral's interior was refurbished by Giorgi Massari, a famous architect, in the 1700s.
You can climb up 204 steps to the top for great views of the old town down below and the surrounding coastline. The Bell Tower is 54 m wide and was originally part of the Roman fortifications from the 15th to the 17th Century and was used for religious purposes. It cost me 3 Euros (May 2011) to climb up the tower.
Praetorian Palace was the administration centre for the Podesta, the Grand Council, captains and other important administrative personnel over the centuries. Today it is the offices for the Municipal Council and also the city's tourist information centre. It's worth having a look inside the building where there are treasures and possessions belonging to the Koper's former noble families.
This Gothic Koper loggia is situated on Kotor's main square and opposite Praetorian Palace. This dates back to the 15th Century and was decorated with heraldic features including the coat of arms and seats for townsment and noblemen. Nowadays it houses a gallery and a cafe downstairs.
This cultural and historical museum was opened in 1911 which covers Koper and the Istrian regions. It is housed in the Belgramoni-Tocco Palace. The museum presents an archaelogical snd a fine arts collections along with other relevant exhibitions that shapes the history of the region and emphasising Venetian influences. There is a contemporary history permanent exhibition featuring Slovene's power struggle during the constitional era between 1861 (when they were part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire) and 1954 (when they were part of the former Yugoslavia).
After the museum visit we had an opportunity to sample some of the regional wines, cheeses, olive oil and cookies in the museum grounds.
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the museum and I recommend a visit in order to get a further insight in Koper's and the region's history.
The city market of Koper is set in a low building that opens on the large parking lot staying at the entrance of the city. The fish market is especially knowledgeable. Besides the usual fishes and seafood found in other Istrian markets, this is the only one where I found rak nagajivček, locust lobster (Scyllarus arctus), cicala in Italian.
Belgramoni-Tacco Palača (Belgramoni-Tacco Palace) was built in the early XVIIth. It is a fine example of Venetian Baroque architecture. It is now the seat of the Regional museum that has on display a wide array of life in the area, from prehistory to nowadays.
Photo 1. On Kidriceva ulica, in front of Totto ex Gavardo Palace stands an eye catching house. It is a medieval house, one of the oldest in the city, which is known as house “a gheffo”, with a protruding first floor. Actually, “casa a gheffo” or “casa a gueffo” means corbelled house.
Photo 2. The front of the house is adorned with a strange drawing. At first, I thought it was made with bricks of various colors but actually, it seems to be a painted decor.
Photo 1. Totto ex Gavardo Palača (Totto ex Gavardo Palace) stands on on Kidriceva ulica. It got it present look in the XVIIIth when three mansions were put together.
Photo 2. The front of Totto ex Gavardo Palace is adorned with a winged Venice lion with the open book that was taken from Levji grad (Lion’s castle), the fort that protected the city when it was still an island.