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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  • August 20, 2017
    Walking through the old town within the walls or rather what remains of it, one can admire the Palace Hall, nice example of Venetian architecture, restored with patterns and friezes.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The tour starts off in the tourist office and is a guide tour only. Tickets are only a few euros and the tour lasts approximately 1/2 hour. The guide is very knowledgeable about both the building, Kop...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The old building is located in the Centre of Koper (now houses the City Council). The village is nice because it runs along the coast and to get to the old town square you pass through small alleys (max 200 m). In the evening we parked on the Sea close to the city center and 20 hours for free.
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  • Very nice place to visit !
  • Very nice old castle square. Must see if you travel here!😎
  • Historical building with a rich history from the 13th until the 17th century.
  • Nice place, very impressive.
  • Beautiful place!

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