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Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower

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Address: Titov Trg, Koper 6000, Slovenia
Phone Number:
+386 5 664 64 03
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands in the...

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.

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Koper Cathedral

One of the smaller cathedrals, but still unique with it's very plain façade and the clock tower as well. Inside, the altar and surrounds are quite ornamental and beautiful... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Swan Hill, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic wiews from the top of the tower. 3 EUR for this is worth it. Walk slowly up the stairs and in the end take time to look around.

Thank Drejci81
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After our visit to Lake Bled, we had enough time to make a quick visit to Koper town. The town square and the Cathedral is a short 5 minute walk from the port. One would need to take an elevator to reach the viewpoint of the town. There is nothing too exciting about the town. Koper is good for a... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance and west end of the Cathedral of the Assumption is rather drab and in need of a sensitive restoration. But the interior is brighter, though still rather plain, a combination of late gothic vaulting given a neoclassical makeover in the 18th century, the same era as the stately Baroque side altars that line the sides of the nave.... More 

Thank Ken H
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in romanesque style and later renovated. From the bell tower is a nice view on the bay.

Thank Barbara M
Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

One of the best renovated church towers along the adriatic sea shore, not the best from the outside but the inside is equiped with strong and firm stairs that are really easy to walk on. The stairs are not like those on ships but as in you home. The to balcony is alse renovated and you feel very secured when... More 

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Swan Hill, Australia
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

One of the smaller cathedrals, but still unique with it's very plain façade and the clock tower as well. Inside, the altar and surrounds are quite ornamental and beautiful. Didn't do the clock tower climb, so can't comment on that and we were there in summer, so no mulled wine as someone else mentioned.

Thank turoar
Portoroz, Slovenia
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Weather is good in Piran. Come and visit church in Piran. Its fantastic. To be here at slovenian coast its something to see

Thank sardelca
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Nice and cosy town with a lovely Cathedral square. If you are visiting in the winter time, there is plenty of mulled wine, beautiful lights an decorations around the city. Definitely worth visiting!

Thank Dovile D
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The Koper Cathedral is smaller than most in the regions many other walled old cities. But it is just inside the gate and free admission. It has beautiful artwork and alter. The adjoining tower is a few euros and a long dozen tight flights up to ta nice view of Koper. The church is nice visit but the tower is... More 

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Subic, Philippines
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

First time here in Koper and not the last time. The cathedral is really good maintain and gene rel very lovely. Free entrance and enjoy the time ehre

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