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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 Church is located in a strategic position on a hill near the tip of Piran. Unfortunately it is closed and you can see the whole through a grate. A any case from here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city towards the tartini square and equally beautiful sea views. From here you can walk down into town, passing behind the Church or on the waterfront down front. Recommended Visit.
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  • From the square in front of this church, you discovered a superb panorama of the city as well as to Italy, nearby. During our visit, it was not accessible due to work (much needed in fact) but just the entry door let to see inside the building. Its campanile also deserves a serious restoration, but is always accessible if you're not too tired of the steep alleys and markets.
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  • In May, 2016, a friend and I had visited Piran and while attending a conference in the neighbouring town of Portoroz. Among the attractions that we were able to catch a glympse of, was the Church of S...  more »