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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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  • Lovely view over Pirano town and nice walk on top of the hill to get there. Nice to see the village on one side and the sea behind the church  more »
  • Situated high above the main square, this is essential viewing. A steep walk up the cobbled street results in fantastic views from the terrace by the Church. Admission fee of 1.5€ is worth it to see t...  more »
  • We went to try to see the church on 4 separate occasions but never managed to get in. There is a gate at one end so you can peer in but the church is accessed bus the Museum which is only open from 10...  more »