Friday, October 17, 2014

What to see in Piran?

Piran is an old port town in Slovenian Istria. The city is bilingual, its Italian name is Pirano. It is situated on the cape of the Piran peninsula. Town has preserved the medieval appearance with narrow streets and houses, giving it a typical Mediterranean character and special charm. The most beautiful attractions in Piran are the Saint George's Church, Tartini Square, Town Walls and Kidric Quay.

Saint George's Church was built in the 12th century. It got its name by Saint George who was a patron of the town. The belfry was added in 1608 and the baptistery in 1650. Today's image the church got in 1637 by the baroque renovation. From the church is a wonderful view to the old town, marina and to the clear blue Adriatic sea.

Tartini Square is located in the centre of Piran. It is the largest square in the old part. It got its name by Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), the famous composer and violinist. The main square became at the end of the 13th century. In the square are situated Tartini house, the Saint Peter's Church, a baroque house, Hotel Tartini, Town Hall, Tartini monument, Loggia and other historical buildings.

Piran has an amazing town wall, which offers beautiful views. It was built for defense. The city was surrounded with the wall in the 7th century. It was divided to quarters, which were named by town doors: Stolna, Osrednja, Poljska and Miljska. Town wall is easily reachable from the old town centre and worth seeing.


Kidric Quay is situated in the coastal part of the old town centre. It is mostly popular as a promenade place. In this area we can see the neoclassical Travesini palace from the year 1826, the Marina, the Tartini's Theatre, the Aquarium, Hotel Piran and other. There are also many cafes and restaurants where we can enjoy under the sun.

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