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Piran is a town and a municipality of the same name in Slovenia. The city lies on the Adriatic Sea and features medieval architecture. The Piran Peninsula was made part of the Roman Empire in 178 BC but before that, the Illyrian Histri tribes had inhabited the area. The city was heavily fortified to protect it from invaders. The architecture in Piran is different from the rest of Slovenia in that it was much more influenced by Austrian-Hungary and Venetian traditions. Italian was the main language in the area until the middle of the 20th century when more Slovenian people moved into the area. The population of the city is 4,092 people and the city officially has two languages, Italian and Slovene. The climate in Slovenia sees highs of 28°C (83°F) in summer and lows of 2°C (35°F) in winter. Slovenia uses the Euro for their currency. Slovenia is located in the time zone UTC +1 except for during Daylight Savings Time when it is UTC +2.
Points of interests / things to see
St. George’s Parish Church is a Roman Catholic Church found in Piran. The style is Venetian Renaissance and it was built by Bonfante Torre, a stonemason from Venice. The church stands on a hill overlooking the town and can be seen from many places throughout Piran. On the site, the first church was built there at some point in the 12th century. The church that stands there today was completed in 1614. The church’s bell tower was completed a year later and was made as a replica of St. Mark’s bell tower in Venice. Near to the church stands a baptistery in the shape of an octagon. Throughout the years, various barriers and forms of protection have been placed around the church to protect it from its unstable location. Inside of the church is an impressive gold and white organ, a statue of St. George slaying the dragon as well as frescoes on the ceiling. There is also a Parish Museum which has houses some of the church’s historical objects such as paintings, church plate and a lapidary. Visitors can climb to the top of the bell tower from where they can get a stunning view of the city as well as the Bay of Trieste in the Adriatic Sea. Address: Adamičeva ul 2 Opening hours: 7:00-22:00 Entrance fees: Bell Tower €1
Tartini Square, or Tartinijev trg in Slovene, is the principal square of Piran and also it’s largest. The plaza got is name from the famous composer and violinist who was born in Piran, Giuseppe Tartini. The square features a statue of him in the center. Guiseppe Tartini lived from1692 to 1770. Previously, the area where the square is today was used as a dock for small boats, for example fishing boats, and the area was outside of the city walls. Throughout the Middle Ages, important buildings were built along the dock and it became an central area in Piran. In 1894 the city decided to build a square there. Once the square was completed, even more buildings were built in the area and today the only structure that still appears like it did so many years ago in its Gothic style is the Benečanka house. Today the plaza is an oval shape and paved in marble in the center. In peak summer months (July to September) no cars are allowed to park in the square in order to make it more tourist friendly. Some of the important buildings that surround the plaza today include the Church of St. Peter, Tartini house which was the home of Guiseppe Tartini and now hosts concerts, the Court House and the Municipal Hall. There are also two flagpoles in the square that were erected in the 15th century.
The Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum is a museum in Piran located in the Gabrielli Palace which dates from the 19th century. The palace stands near the harbor which is fitting seeing as the museum’s displays focus on the three parts of Piran’s economy that have been key to the city’s development over the years which are the sea, sailing and making salt. There are objects from the salt trade such as a pump and salt weights that were used for the salt trade during the Venetian Republic. The salt exhibit also includes old photographs showing people at work getting salt. The museum also contains models of antique ships of various shapes, sizes and eras, weapons and also some examples of paintings that were done by soldiers and then left as offerings on altars in order to ask for protection against shipwrecks. Artifacts in the museum date back from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages and show various objects used in trade and sailing throughout the centuries. Sergej Mašera was a naval Lieutenant who became a Yugoslav hero in World War II along with Lieutenant Milan Spasić when they sank the Destroyer Zagreb so that the Italians could not capture it. They both died in the effort and were later regarded as heroes for their efforts. Address: Cankarjevo nabrežje 3 6330 Piran Website: http://www.pomorskimuzej.si/ Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number: +386 5 671 00 40
The First of May Square (Trg 1 Mja in Slovene), which was previously called the Old Square (Piazza Vecchia) is the center of Punta, which is the historical area of Piran. The square was used as the administrative center of the city until the 13th century. The St. Donat Church built in 1325 still stands on the plaza. A large cistern to collect rainwater also stands in the square. It was built after a long drought in 1775 and was used to collect rainwater from the roofs of the buildings in the area which flowed down and into the cistern through statues of fish held by cherubs. The rainwater was cleaned in the cistern and there are also two wells in the square. There is still a lighthouse standing in Piran although it is not the original one that used to be in the area. Also in Punta is the Church of St. Clement which was first built in the 13th century. Today the First of May Square is at the meeting point of many streets in Piran and is a popular place for children to hang out or adults to get together and enjoy local wine. The area surrounding the First of May Square is a labyrinth of colored houses, courtyards and passages.
The Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park is located near the town of Sečovlje which is found 9 km (5.5 mi) to the southeast of Piran. The park includes a salt evaporation pond which takes up an area of 16.1 hectares (40 acres). There are also saltworks along the river in the park, the Dragonja River, which is where the salt is produced. The saltworks occupy a space of 650 hectares (1,600 acres). Visitors to the park are welcome and help provide a major source of income for the landscape park. In addition to the salt areas, the park also includes a wetland that serves as a breeding place for various species of waterbirds. The village of Sečovlje lies along the Slovenia-Croatia border and was an important place for salt production for the Venetians. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area was used for collecting salt as far back as the 12th century. During the Austrian-Hungary Empire, salt was a large source of income for many people and the mines in the area were expanded to occupy a total area of 508 hectares (1,255 acres). Today in the village of Sečovlje stands the Museum of Salt-Making which won the Europa Nostra Prize in recognition of the work they have done to preserve their local cultural heritage.
One of the most beautiful homes in Piran is the Venetian House which was built in the 15th century in the Gothic style. The house is red in color with white trim along the windows and on the balcony. The home stands on the Tartini Square and is an excellent example of architecture from the Venetian period. It is also the oldest building that stands on the square. It was built by a wealthy Venetian merchant for the local girl that he fell in love with. He built her the palace and included a Latin saying on the outside stating “Let them talk” in reference to the gossips in the neighborhood that talked maliciously about them. Visitors today can buy local salt from the gift shop inside.
The Minorite Monastery in Piran is located on the climb up the hill to visit the church of St. George. The monastery also includes the Church of St. Francis de Assisi that was built at the beginning of the 14th century. Over the years however the church has been expanded and redone. Minorite is another term that refers to Franciscan friars. Franciscans refers to monks that follow the teachings of the Saint Francis de Assisi. Today the cloister of the Minorite Monastery is used for either receptions or musical performances as well. The Piran famous family, the Tartini’s, are buried here. Address: Bolniška ul 20 Phone number: +386 5 673 44 17
Obzidna ulica is a neighborhood in Piran. It is located north of Tartini Square or Tartinijev Trg, behind the market. The neighborhood is made up of old medieval homes that were built into a defense wall. The defense wall runs along Obzidna ulica and runs through the Dolphin Gate. The Dolphin Gate was built in the 15th century and was one of the seven different town gates that allowed for entrance through the town’s fortified outer walls.. Also near Obzidna ulica neighborhood is Židovski trg. Židovski trg was the focal point of Jewish life during the Middle Ages in Piran. It is about 100m (328 ft) due northwest from Obzidna ulica.
Hrastovlje is a village located 37km (23 mi) from Piran. The most famous landmark in the small village with a population of only 143 inhabitants is the Church of the Holy Trinity. One of the highlights of the church is its Danse Macabre fresco that was done in the late-medieval period which is a 7m (23 ft) fresco of the dance of death. The church was made of stone and sits on a hill looking down on the village. It has its own enclosure to protect it. The church was built sometime before 1480 and was built in the Romanesque style. The frescoes on the inside are from the 1490s and are in the best condition of any frescoes in Slovenia. Hrastovlje is also home to the spring that starts the Rižana River which provides most of the water to coastal Slovenia.
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How to get there ?
Slovenia’s principal airport is located outside of Ljubljana and is called the Aerodrom Ljubljana/Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (website: http://www.lju-airport.si/en/Main). Many different airlines operate out of the airport including a large number of flights by Slovenia’s airline, Adria Airways. Slovenia is accessible by bus from many different European countries including Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo. Many of these routes run to the capital Ljubljana but some offer routes to other cities in the country. There are direct routes from Piran to Trieste in Italy. Many other European countries also have direct rail connections with Slovenia including: Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, Switzerland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Italy and Russia. From the capital Ljubljana, bus routes run to almost every town or city within Slovenia. Extra routes run in the summer run from Ljubljana to destinations along the Adriatic Coast. Within Slovenia, train travel is affordable and convenient. The Intercity trains travel between most cities and are a way to get from place to place. Train information can be found on the website http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/passengers/slovenia. Renting a car is possible in Slovenia but not necessary due to the efficient and well-connected public transportation system. However having your own car is more convenient if you plan to travel to harder to reach places or need more flexibility in your itinerary.
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