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Church of St. George, Piran

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Religious Site
Standing on a small hill reinforced with stone arches, Church of St. George dominates the town center. The present cathedral was built in the 14th century, but its Baroque facade dates from 1637. Legend has it that at the end of the 16th century Saint George blinded the skeptical mayor in order to motivate the citizens to restore the decaying church. Among the rich interior decoration, keep an eye out for a large medieval Gothic crucifix, a small silver-plated sculpture of St. George, and a Roman sarcophagus converted into a baptismal font. From the 46 m (150 ft) bell tower, a smaller copy of the Venetian San Marco Campanile, you can see panoramas of the Slovenian, Croatian, and Italian coast, and sometimes as far as the Julian Alps. To visit Church of St. George and other attractions in Piran, use our Piran itinerary planner.
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  • The first reason for a visit is the amazing view you can enjoy from the square overlooking the sea; on one side the Gulf of Trieste, on the other the Bay of Portoroz and the ancient village of Piran. On a clear day, the ancient belfry towering over the headland is the landmark visible from far away. The second reason is that to reach the Church need to delve in the old village, and well worth it. And last but not least, while you're at it, recommend paying the modest sum of 1.5 € per person to visit the Museum, the underground (with an excellent multilingual didactics) and the Church; It doesn't take long, but the details should be enjoyed.
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  • Our highlights are the Bell Tower, the many paintings on the ceiling and the views of Piran on the one and the coast on the other side. Worth a visit!
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  • It has a wonderful view from the Bell Tower. Also, there is a museum which can be visited.
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