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Church of St. George, Piran

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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 Cathedral dominates the upper part of the city where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama, built in the 12th century and dedicated to Saint George (Patron Saint of the city) the Bell Tower is the copy less than what you find in Venice (which was built during the period of domination of the Serenissima in Piran) internally to remember are the two sculptures dedicated to St. George Silver, one covered by a goldsmith's workshop. Beautiful canvases by authors of the Venetian school (the mass at Bolsena and the miracle of St. George), gorgeous is the organ, which was restored several times.
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  • Beautiful church with a wonderful view over the whole city of Piran. Don't miss the Ascension on the Bell Tower from which you can enjoy the view of the entire Gulf of Trieste and the Julian Alps.
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  • I don't know of too many churches set in such a unique location. What we enjoyed most about the church was the view from the churchyard. From one side of the building you have a beautiful view of the ...  more »