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PIRAN

Piran is located at the Bay of Piran, on a cape in the Gulf of Trieste. The city is located west of Izola and in the east it borders to Croatia. Piran is one of the main tourist resorts of Slovenia. Piran has a marina and small airport. The name of the city is derived from the Greek word pyros what means fire. On the original settlement was a lighthouse that led the ships to the nearby Greek colony Aegida.

Piran is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Slovenia. It belonged to Venice until approximately 1860 and is one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. The architecture was influenced by the Venetian Republic. They left their mark on lots of Istrian towns. Piran is full of picturesque colored houses. The town is full of beautiful monuments and sights

The settlement began to develop in the 7th century. The oldest historical sources refer to this period. In 1283 Piran accepted the authority of Venice. Venice ruled here until 1797, the fall of the Venetian Republic. Then Piran came under the rule of Austria up to 1918. Between the two world wars this area belonged to Italy and later it was incorporated into successively Yugoslavia and Slovenia.

The narrow medieval streets, the Venetian Gothic buildings, the lively main square and the Mediterranean atmosphere give this city a unique warmth. The promenade, following the curves of the entire peninsula, offers stunning views on the city, the sea and even on the snowy Alps. Feel the atmosphere of the warm summer evenings, stroll through the maze of narrow streets and enjoy the excellent Mediterranean cuisine and wines .

Tartini Square is the jewel of the center of Piran. The square was named after the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who made the city ​​world famous. His statue stands in the middle of the square.
The city is surrounded by a circular wall .
The Church of St. George, the patron saint of the city, dominates the town. From the tower you have a magnificent view of Piran.
One of the finest examples of Venetian Gothic architecture in Piran is the red palace that was built in the middle of the 15th century. It is the oldest residence on Tartini Square. According to a local legend the palace was built by a wealthy Venetian merchant who wanted to show his love to a beautiful young girl from Piran.
On a hill west of the Tartini Square is a church and a monastery dating back to the early 14th century.

         

                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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