Praetorian Palace, Koper

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The Praetorian Palace is a 15th-century Venetian Gothic palace in the city of Koper, in southwest Slovenia. Located on the southern side of the city's central Tito Square, it houses the Koper city government and a wedding hall. It is considered one of the city's architectural landmarks.HistoryAn earlier municipal hall existed on the same site by 1254, before the square itself Work on a new building began after the original was destroyed during a major revolt in 1348, but the incomplete building was again destroyed in 1380 by a Genoese raid that sacked and burned the city in that year. The current structure dates from the mid-15th century, having been begun in 1452-1453.The left wing and the portico leading from the square to the colorful via Calegaria were the first to be completed, while the right wing dates from the 1480s. In 1505, the Porto del Corte was added; the renaissance gateway supports a small terrace and connected the Praetorian Palace with the Foresteria.The external staircase facing Tito Square was completed in 1447. In 1481, Giovanni Vitturi replaced peaked gothic windows with semicircular renaissance ones. The arms of the city governors on the facade attest to the fact that the balustrade was not completed until the beginning of the 16th century. The center of the crenellated portico features a statue of Justice. The main facade took its present shape in 1664, when a thorough renovation rearranged the numerous plaques and arms set into it. Additional ornaments and signage are fixed into the palace's Cobblers' Street wall, testifying to its status during the time it served as the seat of the city podestà, the Captaincy, and the Grand Council .
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  • The Pretorian Palace is an elegant unitary and approved structure at first sight. in fact, these are forms that have been followed in different centuries, of additions and adjustments made by the Gothic gradually towards later eras, just check the two turrets at the edges and the battlements of different sizes. But the whole one dripping with stylistic quotes from the Serenissima, an ancient brand that precedes recent Istrian history, when this was Venetian land. And everywhere, from lions to other zoomorphic metaphors, you can breathe the aura of the Lagoon City, once the Sea Empire.
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  • This palace immediately reminds you of Venice. From the outside it is beautiful. If you stroll through the alleys like this, you will always discover Verenatian influences. From here you can also get to the only sales lane of Koper.
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  • Even the exterior is very impressive and fits perfectly into the cityscape together with the church
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  • Very nice central place
  • Beautiful looking building set in the square with the cathedral and bell tower.
  • nice historical square in Koper. Palace is unique and worth a stop if you're in the area.
  • Very nice old castle square. Must see if you travel here!😎
  • Super.
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