Sunday 21 Jan 2018



Izola is an old Mediterranean town situated on the southwest coast of the Gulf of Trieste. It’s located west of Piran and east of Copper. The name Izola is derived from the Italian word Isola what means island. During the French occupation in the 19th century, the channel between the mainland and the island got filled.

Izola is surrounded by a picturesque landscape with numerous valleys and hills. The small and nice Izola has a medieval center, consisting of a maze of narrow streets, alleys and squares. The shops, marina, promenade, museums and old buildings offer visitors plenty of entertainment. Izola is a fine place to wander around and to taste the atmosphere of the Mediterranean Slovenia.

The church of St. Maurus is located on the highest point of the former island. At the place where’s today the parish church, was in the past a medieval church, which was surrounded by a cemetery. The construction of this medieval church took place in the year 1356. The present church dates from 1547. The construction was led by the Venetian architect Mazzafuoco and Francesco de Bologna from Koper.

The 3-storey high Besenghi degli Ughi palace was built between 1775 and 1781 and is considered to be one of the finest and most important sights of the city. It is one of the best preserved late Baroque monuments in Slovenia. The palace is the most representative rococo mansion in Slovenia. It is located in the heart of medieval town. The stone lion at the corner of the building, dating from the 13th century, was found under the rubble of the building that stood there before the palace was built.
The family had a large library. Here can be found 3000 books and manuscripts of the 16th and 17th century. Today the Besenghi degli Ughi Palace houses the music school of Izola.











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