I do not know if this house, that stands 23, Kidriceva ulica has any historical significance, but I felt it was pretty enough to be worth a photo. The brown color of the shutters is delicately matching the yellow color of the front while the white and red flowers enhance the small green lawn.
Photo 1. Saint Justine’s column stands on Carpaccio trg, in front of Saint Marc old salt warehouse.
Photo 2. Saint Justine’s column was erected to commemorate the battle of Lepanto, where Turkey was defeated in 1571.
On Carpaccio trg stands a quadrangular, heavy building with vaulted arches and strong flying buttresses. It was built in the Xvth as a salt warehouse. At the beginning of the Xxth, the salts pans were abandoned and the useless building was turned into a fish market. It is now used for concerts.
As a harbor, Koper is mostly a trade harbor but nevertheless, it has an amazingly small marina, shown here with on, the left is the gulf of Koper. As nearby Izola has a much larger marina, it seems that Koper has chosen not to develop a wider one.
I felt that this mansion, standing at the end of a dead end, out of Cevljar ulica, was worth a photo. I found later that it was built in the XVIIIth as the seat of the Venice tax office. It is named Barbabianca Palača/Barbabianca palazzo, which means Barbabianca Palace. I wondered why Barba bianca (white beard) but found that Barbabianca was the name of a prominent family of Capo d'Istria.
Brutti Palace is now used as the Central Library of Koper (Biblioteca Centralev Spečko Vilmar Capodistria/Osnednja knjižnica Spečko Vilmar Koper).
Its front is adorned with five carvings of the old Testament, better seen on photo 2 (where I have collected all of them).
Photo 1. Rotunda of St John the Baptist stands on the North side of the Cathedral. It was built in the XIIth in Romanesque style and is one of the oldest Istria Christian monuments
Photo 2. It is not easy to take a good photo as it is framed by a small parking lot and cars half hinder the church.
Photo 1. The Armory, as well as Praetor’s Palace, has been recently renewed. It has been for some time an arms dump but is now used for council and mayoral functions.
Photo 2: on top of the main entrance, another bust of an important unknown.
Photo 3: Left to the main entance a carving from 1/12/1946 with a peasant and an oxen drawn plough, “La terra ai contadini/Zemi to kmetom” (land to peasants)
Photo 1. From South, the Cathedral and clock tower have a very different look. While Glavni Trg is entirely mineral, on Vergerijev trg (also named Brolo trg), a row of five tall cypresses try to compete with the clock tower.
Photo 2.With the photographer’s help, they succeed!
The landscape on the city is stunning.
Photo 1 shows the yachts harbor and the bay of Koper.
Photo 2 shows inland, the modern town and the parking lot next to the market (Tržnica)
Photo 3 shows the trade harbor. At the bottom of the photo, the rotunda of St John.
A narrow and steep staircase allows to climb above the clocks and to get a birds eye view on Glavni trg, the main square.
Photo 1.Western side of Glavni trg with the armory.
Photo 2. South and west side of Glavni trg with the armory on the right and Praetor’s Palace on the left.
Photo 1. On the platform that houses the bells, stands a panoramic table. Sorry, I cannot get the whole of it. May be if I climbed on the logs…
Photo 2. That’s right, from this acrobatic situation, I can get the whole panoramic table.
On the inner circle, are carved the names of several cities or countries: Padova, Ravenna, Bologna, Lepanto, Hellas, Byzantium, Wien/Dunaj, Budapest/Budimpest, Udine/Videm, Wittemberg, Aachen, Venezia/Benetke.
On the outer circle are named the names of the various winds: Jugo, Jugozodnik-Scirocco, Vzhode-Levante, Severovzhodnik-Grecale, Buja-Bora, Severovzhodnik-Tramontana, Zahodnik-Ponente, Jugozahodnik-Libeccio, Jugo-Ostro.
Photo 1. We arrived on top of the tower at noon. Look at the bell still ringing. Do not be surprised, it is very noisy when the bell ring!
Photo 2. Bells are now standing still!
Photo 3. The structure holding the bells has been recently strengthened with new logs.
Photo 1. The clock tower was built in a Romanesque style and was part of the defense system of the town.
Photo 2. The clock tower is flanked by the Cathedral of the Assumption (Stolnica)
Photo 3. The clock tower is 43 meters high.
Photo 4. The ticket to get on top of the clock tower costs 2 €uros. It is worth it.
Photo 1. The city Loža/loggia stands on the north side of Glavni trg (Main Square), It was built in 1462 in Gothic style with five arches facing the square and four on the left side. The architects were Nicolà from Piran and Tomaso from Venice. In 1698, it underwent main alterations. Two arches were moved and the Loggia has now seven arches in the front and two on the side while a second level was added. The Koper city Loža is the only Gothic city loggia preserved in Slovenia. In 1989, when the photo was taken, its ground floor housed a cafe. On the first floor, accessible by a steep staircase on the east side of the building, were gallery premises.
Photo 2 was taken in 2009. The loggia was under repair and was coated with sheet with the drawing of the actual font. I do not know how long it will last. On the right, the Cathedral of the Assumption and the clock tower (see next tip)