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Trip Planner: Europe / Slovenia / Slovenian Littoral Region / Slovenian Istria / Koper / Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower
See one of Slovenia's oldest bells and take in excellent views of the bay at Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower, whose simple exterior with Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance elements belies a luxurious Baroque interior. A large oval window above the main portal dominates the facade plated with white marble. Built in the 12th century, the church and the tower were restored on several occasions. The four-story tower holds a bell from 1333; for a small fee you can climb to the upper terrace and enjoy panoramic views of the bay. Admire the 18th-century Venetian-style frescoes adorning the interior walls of the church, and behind the altar don't miss the 14th-century chiseled sarcophagus of St. Nazarius, featuring the image of the bishop on the lid. For Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower and beyond, use our Koper online tour itinerary maker to get the most from your Koper vacation.
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Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower reviews
We visited Koper Cathedral whilst on a one day stop in Koper on a Sunday in June. We had chosen to take a self-guided tour of the port and found the centre in the Piazza Tito whilst walking...
We visited Koper Cathedral whilst on a one day stop in Koper on a Sunday in June. We had chosen to take a self-guided tour of the port and found the centre in the Piazza Tito whilst walking... more »
One of the nice things about traveling is probably that we are never aware of all of the good things we missed. After a full day of touring the town of Koper and the surrounding area we had a nice...
One of the nice things about traveling is probably that we are never aware of all of the good things we missed. After a full day of touring the town of Koper and the surrounding area we had a nice... more »
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...
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... more »
It's not the most stunning looking cathedral from the outside but the interior is lovely. Although the whole setting with the bell tower and palace in the surrounding square makes for some great photos and a lovely place to walk and relax. The bell tower was €3 each and has 204 steps to the top. As usual you get a good view from the top. It is also suppose to be the oldest working bell tower in Slovenia.
This cathedral is one of the biggest churches in Slovenia. Almost completely white and quiet interior contrasts with the lively square in front of the church. Art lovers will find some precious art pieces (main and side altars) and they will certainly apreciate the breathtaking white facade. Visit of the bell tower is possible as well.
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.
You can visit the tower, entrance fee is around 3 € and you need to climb 204 stairs to get to the top where you can see whole of Koper. I liked the view but I think that the entrance fee is too high.
Very nice cathedral
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