Baptistery

Adamičeva ul., Piran

The octagonal Baptistery was built in the year 1650 and is the last building of the new Parish Churc ...

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Adamičeva ul., Piran

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The octagonal Baptistery was built in the year 1650 and is the last building of the new St. George's Parish Church complex. In the church, one can find 17th-century furniture and a number of paintings from different periods. A great attraction is the large medieval Gothic crucifix, dating from that period around the year 1370. In the centre of the Baptistery, there is a Roman sarcophagus from the first half of the 2nd century A.D., at a later stage converted into a baptismal font.

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Our lady of consolation

Ul. IX. Korpusa, Piran

The church was initially dedicated to St. Michael. Its original form dates from the year 1439, and i ...

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Ul. IX. Korpusa, Piran

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The church was initially dedicated to St. Michael. Its original form dates from the year 1439, and in the 17th century (Baroque period), it was restored; hence its exterior and interior are significantly baroque. Next to the central altar from the 18th century, there is a painting of Mary with the Child. The church is richly decorated with four paintings representing the stages in the life of St. Augustine. The most important painting, which stood on the main altar, was “Mary with a Girdle” by G.P. Tiepolo, which was transferred to Italy in the year 1940.

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St. George’s Parish Church

Adamičeva ul., Piran

Above the compact town centre reigns St. George's Parish Church, which gives the city its speci ...

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Adamičeva ul., Piran

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Above the compact town centre reigns St. George's Parish Church, which gives the city its special character. It was probably built in the 12th century, but no exact data in this regard exists. In the 14th century, it was built to its present size. In the year 1344, on the Day of St. George, the cathedral was consecrated by nine bishops from near and far. It acquired its present appearance after Baroque renovation in the year 1637. The Bell Tower was completed in 1608, and the Baptistery in the year 1650. During these years, reinforcements were made to the hill on which the cathedral rests.

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Bell Tower

Adamičeva ul., Piran

The Bell Tower (46.45 m), completed in the year 1608, is a smaller scale copy of San Marco Campanile ...

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Adamičeva ul., Piran

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The Bell Tower (46.45 m), completed in the year 1608, is a smaller scale copy of San Marco Campanile in Venice, thus confirming that it was built during a period of Venetian influence in Piran.
Among other newer bells, there is also a bell from the 15th century.
During the summer months, you may climb the tower and admire the view of the entire Slovenian and Croatian Istria's nearby area, as well as the Italian coast, from Trieste to Duino, and from Tarvisio to Grado; on days of high northern winds, you can even see the Julian Alps and Dolomites.

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Church of Our Lady of the Snow

Bolniška ul., Piran

This church was first mentioned in the year 1404. A rich lady from Piran donated the money for its c ...

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Bolniška ul., Piran

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This church was first mentioned in the year 1404. A rich lady from Piran donated the money for its construction. A Baroque altar from the 17th century decorates the presbytery. There are many paintings on the walls, in wooden and fretted frames, made in the year 1666 by B. Marangoni from Mantova. On the east side, above the entrance, there is the main painting from the second half of the 17th century portraying the wonders of snow.

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St. Francis Church

Bolniška ul., Piran

In front of St. Francis Church there is a small square, formerly used as a cemetery. The constructio ...

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Bolniška ul., Piran

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In front of St. Francis Church there is a small square, formerly used as a cemetery. The construction of the church and the monastery reaches back to the year 1301. Despite many restorations, traces of the period in which the church was built can still be seen in the presbytery. The present interior dates from the 17th century and the exterior from the 19th century. The left corner of the church is decorated in the Lombard style. The baldachin in front of the central altar dates from the 16th century. It was removed in the 18th century and restored to its original dwelling in the 19th century.

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Monastery cloister

Bolniška ul., Piran

Next to St. Francis Church is a Franciscan monastery with a gracefully designed atrium, the Cloister ...

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Bolniška ul., Piran

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Next to St. Francis Church is a Franciscan monastery with a gracefully designed atrium, the Cloister, which represents one of the best Cloister atrium designs in the coastal area. Leading to the Cloister there is a half-arched portal adorned with richly carved columns, bearing an architrave with an inscription and coats of arms. In its entirety as well as its detail, the portal is considered to be the best example of stone carving art from the end of the 17th century in Piran.

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Pinacoteque

Bolniška ul., Piran

The Pinacotheque, in the basement of the monastery, contains a collection of 14 high-quality paintin ...

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Bolniška ul., Piran

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In the summer every day between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. During all other seasons, visits are possible by appointment only.

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The Pinacotheque, in the basement of the monastery, contains a collection of 14 high-quality paintings, painted mainly by unknown Venetian artists who used to decorate the monastery and the church..

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The church was first mentioned in the 13th century. It acquired its present-day appearance after num ...

St. Clement’s Church / Church of Our Lady of HealthSacral objects

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Prešernovo nabrežje, Piran

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The church was first mentioned in the 13th century. It acquired its present-day appearance after numerous renovations in the year 1773 and extensive restoration in the year 1890. It was dedicated to one of the first Roman popes – St. Clement. Because of the dreaded plague that propagated throughout Istria in the 17th century, the church was renamed Our Lady of Health Church, as St. Mary was, together with St. Roch, an intercessor against plague.

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St. Stephen’s Church

Židovski trg, Piran

This church is one of the oldest in Piran, and in the 13th and 14th centuries it was also one of the ...

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Židovski trg, Piran

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This church is one of the oldest in Piran, and in the 13th and 14th centuries it was also one of the most important sacral buildings in the town. The seat of the order of the Brotherhood of a Happy Last Hour used to be in the church, where they prayed and kept relics in the main hall and in the attic. Inside the church there are statues of the St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, as well as paintings by Iacopo and Matteo Palma.

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Church of St. Peter

Tartinijev trg, Piran

The original church from the year 1272 used to stand outside the town walls. The architect Pietro No ...

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Tartinijev trg, Piran

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The original church from the year 1272 used to stand outside the town walls. The architect Pietro Nobile gave it its present look in the year 1818. The whole composition and façade express academically pure Classicism. Above the entrance, there is a relief made by the sculptor Antonio Bossi, which represents the handing over of the keys to St. Peter.

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St. Roch’s Church

Župančičeva ul., Piran

It is believed that the church was built in the 17th century. The church is dedicated to St. Roch ...

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Župančičeva ul., Piran

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It is believed that the church was built in the 17th century. The church is dedicated to St. Roch, who on his way to Rome was helping people afflicted by plague. He fell ill himself and became an intercessor against diseases and plague especially.

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Church of St. Donat

1st of May Square, Piran

The Church of St. Donat, dedicated to the martyr of the same name, was built in 1325. It was greatly ...

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1st of May Square, Piran

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The Church of St. Donat, dedicated to the martyr of the same name, was built in 1325. It was greatly changed after its rebuilding in the 17th century. It was newly remodelled in 1990.

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Tartini Square

Tartini Square, Piran

The place where Tartini Square is located today, was once a harbour for fishing boats of Piran. ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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The place where Tartini Square is located today, was once a harbour for fishing boats of Piran. The harbour used to be outside the town walls, because the oldest, partly preserved walls propagated behind the present Town Hall. St. Peter Church stood and still stands outside beyond the walls all alone since the year 1272. The church was restored in the year 1818. This work was entrusted to the architect Pietro Nobile, professor of the architecture department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and a court architecture counsellor, and to one of the most important sculptors of Classicism in Trieste, Antonio Boso.

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Stone Flag Poles

Tartini Square, Pir4an

The poles were made in the 15th century. Their original place was in front of the old Town Hall. On ...

Stone Flag PolesPiran

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Tartini Square, Pir4an

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The poles were made in the 15th century. Their original place was in front of the old Town Hall. On the first pole there is a relief of the winged lion of St. Mark. Underneath the Latin inscription reads the following:"GAZE AT THE WINGED LION, WHICH GRASPS TERRITORIES, SEAS AND STARS". On the right side, there are the coat of arms of old Piran and the Latin inscription: "TO YOU, SEGREDO LUDOVICO, JUST PROTECTOR, IN HONOUR". On the left side of the pole, there is the coat of arms of the Piran municipality, and under it are engraved the length measurements: "PER pertica cca. 232 cm, PAS pasus cca. 190 cm, BRAZ viola cca. 68 cm, MAZ cca. 158 cm, STRO cca. 120 cm".

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1st of May Square

Tartini Square, Piran

The 1st of May Square, or the Old Square (Piazza Vecchia), is the centre of the old Punta. The main ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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The 1st of May Square, or the Old Square (Piazza Vecchia), is the centre of the old Punta. The main streets of Piran meet here. The Old Square used to be the administrative centre of the town up until the 13th century. St. Donat Church, built in the first half of the 14th century (1325), is still preserved. In the centre of the square, there is a stone rainwater cistern. At the back of the cistern, there are the statues of two babies, one holding a fish and the other a pot. Gutters were connected to these statues from the surrounding roofs.

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Town wall

Piran

The oldest town centre was surrounded by walled fortifications, probably already by the 7th century. ...

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Piran

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The oldest town centre was surrounded by walled fortifications, probably already by the 7th century. One part of the walls, which surrounded the oldest part of the town near the cape (the first town walls), did not change over the centuries; it needed only to be thoroughly renovated on several occasions. In the final phase of the expansion, at the beginning of the 16th century, the so-called third town walls embraced the entire peninsula.

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Town Hall

Tartini Square, Piran

When the Venetians came to Piran at the end of the 13th Century, they built the Town Hall building n ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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When the Venetians came to Piran at the end of the 13th Century, they built the Town Hall building near the harbour and outside the town walls present at that time. It was demolished in the year 1877. The new Town Hall was finished two years later. In the central axis on the second floor you can see an immured stone statue of a lion holding an open book as a memento of the Venetian Serenissima Republic and the old Town Hall building. In the palace atrium there are immured inscriptions and some of the old coats of arms from the old Town Hall, as well as the polygonal stone with quantity measures.

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Loggia

Tartini Square, Piran

Old Piran's town Loggia once stood in the place where we can today see the building of the Coas ...

LoggiaPublic buildings

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Tartini Square, Piran

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Old Piran's town Loggia once stood in the place where we can today see the building of the Coastal Galleries. From one side, it was connected to the Town Hall and from the other side to St. Jacob Church. The municipal statutes from the year 1384 state that the keepers (“katavers”) of the municipal property were to have their offices in the Loggia. The town dignitaries also gathered there. Later, the building of the present-day Casino was constructed on the site.

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Venetian House

Tartini Square, Piran

At the intersection of the Street of the 9th Corps and Tartini Square, there is a charming red pal ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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At the intersection of the Street of the 9th Corps and Tartini Square, there is a charming red palace, one of the most beautiful examples of Venetian Gothic architecture in Piran. It was built in the middle of the 15th century and is the oldest preserved house on Tartini Square. Exceedingly well-designed architectural elements and rich stone ornaments ornate the exterior. The corner Gothic balcony is the most impressive. Between the windows on the second floor there is an immured stone relief with a standing lion; under the lion, you can read the inscription "Lassa pur dir" (Let them talk).

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Tartini House

Tartini Square, Piran

This is one of the oldest of the houses encircling the square. Municipal documents from the year 138 ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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This is one of the oldest of the houses encircling the square. Municipal documents from the year 1384 mention it as the Gothic building “Casa Pizagrua”; later, its exterior was renovated in the classical style. Guiseppe Tartini was born here. The house was finally renovated between the years 1985 and 1991, when interesting frescoes were uncovered during the renovation work.

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Court Palace

Tartini Square, Piran

The Court Palace was built on the site where in the 14th century stood Fontik – a grain and flour ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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The Court Palace was built on the site where in the 14th century stood Fontik – a grain and flour warehouse. In the 16th century, a local pawnshop was attached. The construction was conducted by Guiseppe Moso and Enrico Nordio. The inscriptions immured into the portals on the northern façade of the palace tell us about the restoration works.

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Theater Giuseppe Tartini

Kidričevo nabrežje, Piran

Initially, the town theatre was planned to be built on the location of the former Town Hall or just ...

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Kidričevo nabrežje, Piran

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Initially, the town theatre was planned to be built on the location of the former Town Hall or just behind it. Instead, the new Town Hall was built, and the site intended for the theatre remained empty. Today, the vegetable market is situated there. The Tartini Theatre was designed by Gioachino Grassi and Giacomo Zamatti, and painted by Napoleone Cozzi. It opened in the year 1910. The lobby and the theatre hall are adorned by wall paintings representing Greek goddesses, flowers and the like.

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Baroque House

Tartini Square, Piran

One of the most interesting buildings on Tartini Square is Baroque House, which stands on the easter ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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One of the most interesting buildings on Tartini Square is Baroque House, which stands on the eastern side of the square. With its liveliness, rich design and the Baroque iron balcony railing, it creates a lively contrast to the classical architectural style of the nearby St. Peter Church. Its main façade faces towards Tartini Square, where under its semi-circular vault on the ground floor Ulica Svobode ends.

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Apollonio (Zaccaria) Palace

Župančičeva ul., Piran

The building was generated by amalgamating two existing buildings and additional construction on an ...

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Župančičeva ul., Piran

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The building was generated by amalgamating two existing buildings and additional construction on an empty site facing the sea. The Baroque stone plaque above the entrance with a coat of arms and an inscription tells about the successful renovation of the house in the year 1693. During the thorough research of the interior, a number of neoclassical wall paintings from the first third of the 19th century were discovered.

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Maritime Museum “Sergej Mašera” Piran

Cankarjevo nabrežje 3, Piran

The first maritime collections in Piran were exhibited in the Town Museum, founded in the year 1954, ...

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Cankarjevo nabrežje 3, Piran

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September – June: 9 am. - 5 pm., July – August: 9 am. - 12 am. and 5 pm. - 9 pm.; Closed Mondays

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The first maritime collections in Piran were exhibited in the Town Museum, founded in the year 1954, which was renamed the “Sergej Mašera” Maritime Museum in 1967. Its seat is in the imposing classical Gabrielli palace by the harbour.  The museum collects, studies and presents the maritime past of the coastal region and the economic branches connected with the sea.

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Salt works museum

Sečovlje

In the regional reserve Sečovlje Salina Salt Pans nature park is the Salt Works Museum. ...

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Sečovlje

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18 4.-31. 5. and 1.-30. 9.: 9-18, 1.10.-31.10.: 9-17, 1. 6.-31. 8.: 9-20

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In the regional reserve Sečovlje Salina Salt Pans nature park is the Salt Works Museum. One of the oldest Piran sayings goes: "Piran xe fato de sal!" ("Piran has arisen from salt!"). It is not possible to find out when the salt pans first began in Piran, but it may be said that the people of Piran were diligent and hard-working salt workers who established the reputation of Piran as a town of salt for the all the world to know. Beside fishing and crafts, the traditional salt pans were the one industry that enabled the town to flourish.

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Tona`s house

Sv. Peter, Sv. Peter

In the village of St. Peter, a professionally restored typical dwelling of the rural inhabitants is ...

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Sv. Peter, Sv. Peter

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September – June: Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am. - 2 pm.; July – August: Wednesday – Sunday: 3 pm. - 7 pm.

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In the village of St. Peter, a professionally restored typical dwelling of the rural inhabitants is located. It is built of stone, which in hot summer days shelters its dwellers from excessive heat and in winter collects warmth from sunrays. In addition to the reconstructed olive oil mill with its press on the ground floor, you may also see characteristic rural rooms (a country kitchen and living room). The monument was named after a wealthy peasant woman Tona Gorelli, about whom oral folklore still exists.

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Forma Viva Portorož

Seča, Portorož

Forma Viva, unique collection of stone sculptures under the open sky, is situated in a park on the S ...

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Seča, Portorož

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Forma Viva, unique collection of stone sculptures under the open sky, is situated in a park on the Seča Peninsula. It evolved in a series of international encounters between eminent sculptors, in the form of sculptor symposiums, beginning in the year 1961. In the 40 years of uninterrupted activity since, sculptors from over 30 countries have left to the Istrian coast and Slovenian cultural treasury over 120 stone sculptures, the majority of which stand in Seča Park, while some are also in the parks of Koper, Izola and Piran.

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The Museum of Underwater Activities Piran

Župančičeva ul. 24, Piran

The history of underwater activities, with special emphasis on the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the Ki ...

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Župančičeva ul. 24, Piran

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1.6.-30.9.: every day 10:30 -20:00, 1.10.-31.5.: Friday-Sunday, holidays 11:00-18:00

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The history of underwater activities, with special emphasis on the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the Kingdom of Italy, the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia and the modern Slovenia.

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Exhibition – Magical World of Shells

Tartini Square 15, Piran

The exhibition "Magical World of Shells" will take you deep below the ocean's surface ...

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Tartini Square 15, Piran

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1.3.-31.5. ans 1.10.-30.11.:11:00-18:00-closed on Mondays; 1.6.-30.9.: 10:00-20:00 every day; 1.12.-28.2.:11:00-18:00-Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays

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The exhibition "Magical World of Shells" will take you deep below the ocean's surface to meet creatures of such shapes and patterns that they would make any architect green with envy. See the shell of the world's biggest snail, and shells of snails that are so rare that only chieftains on faraway islands were allowed to carry them, shiny shells that once held such great value that they could even be used to buy slaves, clams with breathtaking patterns, pearls... You cannot even imagine the kinds of wonderful creatures that you can find at the bottom of the ocean!

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Tartini Monument

Tartini Square, Piran

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of their great artist, the people of Piran wi ...

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Tartini Square, Piran

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On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of their great artist, the people of Piran wished to erect a monument. However, the work protracted somewhat, such that it was only in the year 1896 that the larger-than-life bronze statue of the “Maestro” was mounted on its pedestal. The monument is the work of the Venetian Antonio dal Zotto. With its well-thought-out positioning, it dominates the square and forms a unified entity with St. George Cathedral, which dominates the town.

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Town Gallery Piran

Tartinijev trg 3, Piran

The Town Gallery Piran is one of the most important exhibition places on the coast and in all Sloven ...

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Tartinijev trg 3, Piran

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Tuesday-Sunnday and holidays (except 1.11.): 1. 4.–30. 6., and 1. 9.–31. 10.: 11.00–18.00, 1. 7.–31. 8.: 10.00–12.00 and 18.00–22.00, 1. 11.–31. 3.: 11.00–16.00

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The Town Gallery Piran is one of the most important exhibition places on the coast and in all Slovenia as well. It plays a very important role in presenting modern art at home and abroad. To date, many an internationally renowned artist has exhibited here.

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Gallery of Herman Pečarič

Leninova 2, Piran

The Herman Pečarič Gallery with its permanent exhibition of paintings, drawings and graphics by th ...

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Leninova 2, Piran

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Tuesday-Sunnday and holidays (except 1.11.): 1. 4.–30. 6., and 1. 9.–31. 10.: 11.00–18.00, 1. 7.–31. 8.: 10.00–12.00 and 18.00–22.00, 1. 11.–31. 3.: 11.00–16.00

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The Herman Pečarič Gallery with its permanent exhibition of paintings, drawings and graphics by the Piran artist Herman Pečarič (1908–1981) is housed in the building constructed during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In Slovenian graphic arts circles, he is recognised as a painter of motifs from Istria in the style of contemporary perceived realism.

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Duka Gallery

Partizanska ul. 2, Piran

Though it is essentially a ceramics gallery, it also organises, in addition to its classical program ...

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Partizanska ul. 2, Piran

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Monday-Saturday: July-August: 9:00-13:00, 18:00-22:00, October-June:9:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00

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Though it is essentially a ceramics gallery, it also organises, in addition to its classical programme, various other exhibitions of art by domestic and foreign famous and lesser known artists.

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Gallery Meduza 2

Cankarjevo nabrežje 7, Piran

It is connected directly, via a park, to the Herman Pečarič Gallery, with which they sometimes org ...

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Cankarjevo nabrežje 7, Piran

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Tuesday-Saturday: July-August: 15:00-22:00, Sunday: 20:00-22:00; October-June: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00-17:00, Sunday: 11:00-13:00

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It is connected directly, via a park, to the Herman Pečarič Gallery, with which they sometimes organise joint exhibitions.

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Jewels of the Archives of Piran

Savudrijska 5, Piran

The priceless and diverse material kept at the Archives of Piran reaches back to the year 1173 or 11 ...

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Savudrijska 5, Piran

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Every day 8.00-11.00 and 11.30-14.30, days before the holidays 8.00-12.00

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The priceless and diverse material kept at the Archives of Piran reaches back to the year 1173 or 1187 (the transcriptions of the two oldest documents are dated 1036 and 1041). It speaks about the past of Piran and its people, the town’s hinterland, a major part of Istria, and last but not least, the role of Piran in the European world.

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Jewels of the Archives of Piranmuseums and galleries

The ancient method of salt-making, learnt ages ago by the Piran salt-workers from their teachers, th ...

Sečovlje Salina Nature Park/Sečovlje Salt-pansParks and gardens

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Seča 115, Portorož

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Summer: 8:00-21:00, Winter: 8:00-17:00

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The ancient method of salt-making, learnt ages ago by the Piran salt-workers from their teachers, the salters from Pag Island, is still something special, even in the entire Mediterranean.

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Sečovlje Salina Nature Park/Sečovlje Salt-pansnatural heritage, parks and gardens

Strunjan Cliff

Strunjan

It is up to 80 meters high and composed of soft layers of flysch, which for ages have been shaped ...

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Strunjan

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It is up to 80 meters high and composed of soft layers of flysch, which for ages have been shaped by winds and rain. The Strunjan cliffs form the largest known coastal flysch wall on the entire Adriatic coast.

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Aquarium

Kidričevo nabrežje 4, Piran

There are several basins, which are mainly lit by artificial light, though for some of them, some na ...

AquariumMuseums and galleries

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Kidričevo nabrežje 4, Piran

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1.1.-16.1., 7.2.-22.3.16.11.-31.12., 9:00-17:00 (Mondays closed); 7.2.-22.3., 1.9.-15.11.: 9:00-19:00 (Mondays closed); 16.6.-31.8. every day: 9:00-22:00; 17.1-6.2. closed

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There are several basins, which are mainly lit by artificial light, though for some of them, some natural light transpires through the windows.

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Aquariummuseums and galleries

The Strunjan Nature Reserve is a part of the Strunjan Landscape Park and encloses four kilometers al ...

Strunjan Nature ReserveParks and gardens

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Strunjan

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The Strunjan Nature Reserve is a part of the Strunjan Landscape Park and encloses four kilometers along the northern coast of the Strunjan Peninsula between the Simon and Strunjan Bays, together with a coastal water belt some 200 meters wide. The reserve covers 160 ha, and the land:sea ratio is estimated at 1:2.5.

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Strunjan Nature Reservenatural heritage, parks and gardens

First Rašpor Gate

Rozmanova ul. Piran

First Rašpor Gate, in Gothic style, was built as a part of the town walls. ...

First Rašpor GateCity walls and forts

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Rozmanova ul. Piran

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First Rašpor Gate, in Gothic style, was built as a part of the town walls.

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Second Rašpor Gate

Rozmanova ul. Piran

Second Rašpor Gate was built in the year 1470. It encloses a compact part of the third walls with s ...

Second Rašpor GateCity walls and forts

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Rozmanova ul. Piran

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Second Rašpor Gate was built in the year 1470. It encloses a compact part of the third walls with seven towers and has a typically pointed arch with still visible stone hinges.

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Second Rašpor Gatecity walls and forts

Marčana Town Gate

Ulica svobode, Piran

Marčana Town Gate was built in the year 1534. It leads to the street Ulica Svobode. It was built in ...

Marčana Town GateCity walls and forts

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Ulica svobode, Piran

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Marčana Town Gate was built in the year 1534. It leads to the street Ulica Svobode. It was built in the Renaissance style and forms a part of the third town walls.

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Milje Gate

Prešernovo nabrežje, Piran

Milje Gate from the 13th century is one of the oldest preserved gates in the town. It gained its nam ...

Milje GateCity walls and forts

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Prešernovo nabrežje, Piran

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Milje Gate from the 13th century is one of the oldest preserved gates in the town. It gained its name from an old street in the Punta district that led to the sea.

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Dolphin Gate

Savudrijska ul., Piran

Dolphin Gate is the most beautiful preserved Gothic gate in the town. It was built in the year 1483 ...

Dolphin GateCity walls and forts

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Savudrijska ul., Piran

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Dolphin Gate is the most beautiful preserved Gothic gate in the town. It was built in the year 1483 by the mayor Dolphin, and is distinguished by the characteristic coat of arms with three dolphins. The gate is also the only one that has preserved its original look – the simple form of a pointed Gothic arch.

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Field Gate/Polish Gate

Trubarjeva ul., Piran

Field Gate probably dates from the 15th century. The small church or chapel of St. Jacob once stood ...

Field Gate/Polish GateCity walls and forts

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Trubarjeva ul., Piran

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Field Gate probably dates from the 15th century. The small church or chapel of St. Jacob once stood nearby and was connected to Loggia and the former Town Hall.

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St. George Gate

Tartinijev trg, Piran

St. George Gate, in Baroque style, is attached to the Court House and so many travellers do not perc ...

St. George GateCity walls and forts

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Tartinijev trg, Piran

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St. George Gate, in Baroque style, is attached to the Court House and so many travellers do not perceive it as a single structure but rather as a part of the Court House. It was renovated in the year 1660.

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Fiesa

Fiesa

Between Piran and Strunjan, surrounded by undulating hills, lies a cosy small bay called Fiesa. ...

FiesaNatural heritage

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Fiesa

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Between Piran and Strunjan, surrounded by undulating hills, lies a cosy small bay called Fiesa. Fiesa is interesting for its two freshwater lakes near the seafront, the smaller one natural and larger one artificial by origin.

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Fiesanatural heritage

In the middle of the buildings of complex Bernardin has preserved the church tower of the former Ben ...

Monastery with the church of St. BernardinoSacral objects

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Bernardin

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In the middle of the buildings of complex Bernardin has preserved the church tower of the former Benedictine monastery. The monastery and the church was built in year 1452 by initiative from St. John Capistran (1386 – 1456), a priest of the Franciscan order, which was a peacemaker, a traveling preacher, confessor and monastic reformer.

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Monastery with the church of St. Bernardinosacral objects

Salt warehouses

Obala, Portorož

State-owned salt warehouses in which salt from the Sečovlje and Lucija saltworks was stored were bu ...

Salt warehousesPublic buildings

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Obala, Portorož

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State-owned salt warehouses in which salt from the Sečovlje and Lucija saltworks was stored were built between 1820 and 1845.

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Hotel Palace

Obala, Portorož

The old Hotel Palace was one of the most beautiful and modern hotels on the eastern Adriatic coast d ...

Hotel PalacePublic buildings

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Obala, Portorož

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The old Hotel Palace was one of the most beautiful and modern hotels on the eastern Adriatic coast during World War I.

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The town of Piran features an ancient city centre with a rich architectural heritage and a unique cultural landscape in the form of its salt-pans, which are still partly in use today with production based on traditional cultivation. The Piran peninsula has a very attractive position – the mountain ridge on the north shields it from the bora wind, while the steep slope and the bay in the east gives good control over the only land access.

It was settled already in the prehistory. During the time of the Roman Republic the Piran coastline was strewn with several maritime villas, probably aggregating the economic activities of larger estates and at the same time serving maritime connections in the Northern Adriatic. Piran was first mentioned in the 7th century together with other Istrian towns in the Cosmographia of the Anonymous Geographer from Ravenna.  After that the town seems to have led a continuous life, only changing governance.

The core of the settlement was on the ridge since prehistoric times. Here were the castle of the Aquileian gastald and the main town church of St. George. The town evolved first in the area of Cape Madona, pivoting on Piazza Vecchia – the square that housed the original Town Hall during the reign of the Aquileian patriarch. At the same time the first of the now visible walls was erected. This early medieval image of low buildings bordering on the seashore, two longitudinal streets and a central square has remained the essential urban layout until today.

Salt-panning, together with maritime transport and salt trade, had been the most important economic activity in Piran since the Early Middle Ages.

The geological features of Piran’s hinterland, in the alluvial plains of Strunjan, Lucija and Sečovlje, the high percentage of salt in the Trieste gulf, the climatic conditions (many sunny days, propitious winds) – all these were very favourable for the building of salt-pans. Traditional salt-panning gained new momentum at the end of the 14th century as a new surface layer of algae microorganisms, plaster and salina mud, called petola, was cultivated, with which pure white salt was produced in Piran.

The salt-pan areas in Strunjan and Sečovlje are under special protection as nature parks, as they are inhabited by rare, endangered and characteristic wildlife species in a typical salt-pan ecosystem formed through long-term activities of man. In Strunjan the high sandy cliffs give the park a special signature, while Sečovlje houses a wetland in an abandoned part with an exceptional landscape and great ecological value. Halophile vegetation needing high concentration of salt thrives in the salt-pans; true halophile fields can be found in some places, while the shores of the saline channels, and the banks of basins and dykes are overgrown with vegetation characteristic of their individual habitat, which also provides a home to some bee species. Almost 300 species of birds live in this habitat, some only nesting in the salt-pans; among them is the noticeable small white little egret (Egretta garzetta), the symbol of the Sečovlje nature park. The Piran salt-pans are the work of human hands during a millennium of tradition. Out of the numerous salt-pans in the Northern Adriatic, only the ones in Strunjan and Sečovlje have been preserved in their original scope and production. They represent a good example of heritage nestled in modern life and are more than just a historic, economic, technical, landscape and aesthetic monument.

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