Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower

Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower

Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower
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The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands in the location of a former ancient building - a Roman basilica. The history of the Cathedral goes back to the 12th century, when the city acquired its own diocese. Today's front combines Gothic (the lower part) and Renaissance styles (the upper part). The Cathedral keeps numerous treasures: the big altar painting "Madonna with Child on the Throne and Saints", painted by Vittore Carpaccio in 1516, the stone sarcophagus of Koper's patron saint, St. Nazarius from the 15th century, etc. Town tower in Tito square, once romanic forticication, became a bell tower in 15th / 17 th century. It houses one of the oldest bells in Slovenia, dating back to 1333. From the panoramic point (43 metres) you can see the nearby and distant surroundings of the city Koper.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Megan
Malinta, OH122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The bell tower offers great views of Koper for a cheap price of 5 euro. Plan on going early in the day, as it gets HOT. There is no elevator, so it is not handicap accessible. There are over 150 stairs to climb, with some of them being part of a spiral staircase. There are places to stop and rest while climbing and you can read the history of the town of Koper, the purpose of the tower, and other interesting information. Overall, it took my husband, my father, and I about 45 minutes from start to finish. The views were great and we enjoyed our visit.
Written July 17, 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Cathedral of the Assumption is on Tito's Square (Titov trg), the main square of Koper. It dates back to the 15th century. The facade is a mixture of Venetian Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque elements.

The church houses two important pictorial representations, the "Madonna with Child and Saints" and the "Madonna Enthroned with Saints", executed by Venetian masters, attributed to Benedetto Carpaccio, who is believed to have lived in Koper. On the main altar is the sarcophagus of San Nazario, the patron saint of the city.

It is not possible to access the bell tower from the church, I read that there are 204 steps to the top. If you want to go up, you have to go to the nearby Tourist Office, however, we did not climb the tower.
Written June 26, 2023
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DERtravels
Pomona, CA1,441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In Koper, take a walk through the old town and be sure to visit the Cathedral. This church dedicated to Mary felt to be in the spirit of the country. Not overally ornate but rich looking enough to see the faithful had dedicated time and money to this place of worship.

Checkboard floors are a bit more unique. A nice walk from the port.
Written September 27, 2020
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK710 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
5 euros to get in. Modern staircase to almost the top which isn't too steep, and where you could stop if you need to Good views across the town. In Tito Square which is the highlight of a not very exciting town. The Praetorian Palace is actually council offices
Written September 16, 2021
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In the central square of Koper, Tito Square, are the beautiful Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, built in the 15th century in the Gothic style, was later completed in the Renaissance style. In the 18th century, the interior was enriched in Baroque style. It houses many valuable works of art by Venetian masters, including Vittorio and Benedetto Carpaccio, Antonio Zanchi
and others. In its treasury, the cathedral also holds a number of valuables, including a Byzantine ivory chest ( 9th to 12th centuries), a chalice and a large monstrance (card) from the 15th century, bust of St. Nazarias and the antiphonarium of Koper miniaturist Nazari (Nazario da Giustinopoli).
On the facade of the cathedral lean the city tower. It was part of a Romanesque fortress that dates from the 15th century to 17th century. Later it has been transformed into a bell tower and today is a striking vantage point offering a magnificent view of the entire Koper Bay and the nearby hinterland.
Written December 11, 2019
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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Without any doubts, this is the “ must visit” of the world heritages. Due to the Venetian influence, one can admire the masterpieces of Vittore Carpaccio, yes that one 16th century painter whom centuries later the famous “ carpaccio” was named after 🤩
Written May 23, 2022
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lwkempka
Washington, NC24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
Koper, Slovenia
On a recent cruise, four of us traveling together hired the tourist agency ISTRANKA for a 6-hour tour from the port of Koper, Slovenia. Ivan arranged for us to have a very pleasant, English-speaking guide in a nice, spacious van. We first visited the old centre of Koper (Pretorium Palace, cathedral, and Tito Square). After a drive through the country, the next stop was the 13th century Socerb Castle, which stands on the edge of a 300 meter-high Karst cliff offering a breathtaking view to the Gulf of Trieste. Here there is a castle restaurant, where we relaxed in the courtyard for refreshment. We stopped for a regional lunch, which was very substantial. Our tour continued with a short drive to the village of Hrastovlje, well-known for the Church of the Holy Trinity and its famous frescoes. The excursion ended with the return to our ship. Except for drinks at lunch, everything was included in the price of the excursion.
ISTRANKA can be reached on the web and by email.
Written December 8, 2011
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Czabae
Hengoed, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Direct access easy (via steps) from cruise docking point. Bell tower ( by self), guided tour of Praetorian palace and cathedral in English (11am start) for total 7 euros. Ice cream parlour on left side of palace had some of the nicest ice cream I had ever eaten(and I LOVE ice cream), and free wi-fi access. Heading down to open air market area there was a little ceramic shop selling clay decorations. The lady took time and care to wrap each individually with raffia, dried flowers and a ceramic disc of your choosing - absolutely stunning as gifts. A beautiful spotless city, where travelling alone I felt safe in small alleyways.
Written August 3, 2013
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Purryo
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
I was on a mini cruise of the Adriatic Coast and the cruise ship called at Koper. I took a guided tour with a local guide which was excellent. This is a beautiful place to visit and Koper is a very atmospheric place. It was the first port of call after leaving Venice and as it was early in the summer there weren't many tourists around. When I disembarked from the ship there was light rain but it cleared up after. There are lots of places to see in this relatively small place and lots of watering holes and eateries.
Written December 2, 2012
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,856 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Came to Koper recently by cruise ship and found it a very pretty place.The first part of the day we did a hop on hop off bus trip to the nearby towns of Piran, Portoroz and Izola which were all very interesting and enjoyable , it is well worth doing that to get a good look at the area.The latter part of the day we walked around the old town of Koper which is only a few minutes from the dock. Enchanting to walk the alleyways, shops and eating places and find yourself in the ancient Tito Square. There you can admire the architechure of the old Palace and marvell at the Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower and if your feeling fit go to the top I'm sure you will find it worthwhile. View the bay and as we did enjoy the sight of all the sailing boats.Nice part of Slovenia to visit if you can.
Written January 22, 2015
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