The cathedral of Saint George was probably built in the XII century. The present building dates back to the year 1637. Inside there is a beautiful organ, some interesting paintings and the Crucifix of Piran made in the 14th century. It's a very moving masterpiece. Don't miss it. Next to the church stands a belltower built in the 1608. It is said this is a very good viewpoint over the town. Unfortunately when I visited Piran (in the winter) it was closed. Another building near the cathedral is the baptistery; built in the 1650. Adjacent to the cathedral there is a small museum with some interesting works of art and the crypt.
Just outside the Cathedral there is a viewpoint where you can see most of Tartini Square and some areas in Piran.
Piran is a town that attracts a lot of artists because of it´s beatiful setting and bohemian vibe.
You have many art galleries there and lot´s of both old and modern art in the streets of Piran.
It´s very common to see visiting artists sitting working in Piran and there are some really nice galleries to be found in the old part of Piran.
It was built originally in the early 14th century. The present interior dates from the 17th century and the exterior from the 19th century. This church belongs to the Minorite monastery.
Unfortunately I couldn't visit this church, because it was closed every time I visited Piran. Today I've read on the web that the church and its collection of paintings are open from 5 to 8 p. m.
The church has a beautiful white cloister that is used for concerts in the summer. It was opened even if the church wasn't.
One of the things that often strikes visitors in Piran is how clean the town is.
One of the main reasons is that they have a little electrical truck that drives around almost every day and picks up garbage.
It´s a real small truck that is narrow enough to get through the old part of town and collect whatever might be left there and being an enviromentally friendly choice is just thumbs up to Piran if you ask me.
as i write this in may 2008 the cafe neptun is the best place in piran to get online.
they have the fastest connection in town and besides that it´s a nice a friendly cafe.
it´s located right by the bus station, so it´s a good place to chack up on mails and news while waiting for the bus.
the use of internet is free as long as you buy a drink from the cafe.
the cafe has outdoor seating too if you want to enjoy the seaview and the sun.
The Venetian House, the red building on Tartinijev trg Square, is a fantastic example of gothic Venetian architecture and the oldest building on the square. Built by a rich Venetian merchant to house his mistress, spot the inscription between the upper windows: it says Lassa pur dir, or "let them talk".
Unfortunatelly, I didn't catch the name of this beautiful old gateway to the town. It is situated in the old core of the town, right next to the remnants of the inner city walls.
According to the symbol above the gate, which figure the Venetian lion, it was built in the Middle Ages during the Venetian rule of the town.
Favorite thing: This is the only remaining part of the inner city walls I could see. According to the stone construction, this walls are much older then the fortification which is situated on the hill above the town. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any usefull information regarding this walls.
Like the all other medieval towns, Piran was protected from outside enemies by the defending walls. This on the picture represents the first line of defense which was situated on the hill above the town.
During the centuries a part of the walls were destroyed while the another part was taken for building the new houses. The remaining walls and a couple of defending towers still stand and are well preserved.
Fondest memory: The town walls were moving with the growth of the Piran. The final stage of the town walls was build beetwen 1470-1534. There were eight defense towers.
Part of the town walls are accesible for a visitors. There is a great panorama to the town.
A huge building of the Town Hall dominate the Tartini circus. It was finished at the end of the 19th century on the site where the old town hall stood. In the central axis of the second floor you can see an immured stone statue of lion holding an open book as a memento of the Venetian Republic and the Old Town Hall building.
Fondest memory: The Venetian lion with the book was immured in the majority of the important town buildings; an open book meant peace and the closed one war.
The bus stop is situated at the end of Tartini Square.
The Tartini Square became the central square of the town at the end of 13th century, but acquired its present appearance only in the second half of the 19th century.
By filling the inner harbour, a spacious square area was obtained, around which all the important municipal buildings were constructed.
Fondest memory: Leave your car outside the city centre, on the huge parking area, and use the well organized city bus lines for visiting the old core of the town.
The old seaport of the town lies at the end of Piran peninsula.
The port of Piran is suitable for the smaller boats only, in fact it looks more like marine and it gives a very pitoresque look of the towns centre.
Fondest memory: Watching the fishermen preparing for the fishing and their coming back into the port.
Favorite thing: In 1650, at the time of baroque renovation, the baptistery of John the Baptist was completed at last. The older Romanesque baptistery stood in front of the western church facade. Apart from some modest archival records, nothing remained of it. From the old baptistery the antique sarcophagus that served as a font basin was transfered. The central, octagonal building is supplemented by a cupola with a softly undulating roof and with a unique Baroque style lantern in the centre.
Favorite thing: The new belfry - the Gothic church had it include in the nave in its northwestern part - began to be built as early in 1600. First of all, the foundations had to be made and the slope strengthended. On the basis of the project and the model following the example of the nelfry of St. Mark's in Venice, the works were undertaken by the stonecutter Bonfante Torre and completed in 1608.
On the rise above the town there dominates a baroque church with a belfry and a baptistery. The slope with its church complex was strengthened with flying buttresses, built gradually from the mid-17th to the early 19th centuries. The Baroque hall church began to be built after 1595 in the place of the older Gothic church hallowed in 1344. The church was completed and rehallowed in 1637.
Fondest memory: The western facade was built as a temple front with pilaster jointing and triangular gable, clearly influenced by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
The rich Baroque fittings of St. George's Church are supplemented by the Baroque organ built in 1746 by master Petar Nakic, a native of Dalmatia and one of the most important Venetian organ builders.
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