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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Stephanie S
Roseland, NJ1,414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Beautiful and right in the center of the town. We were able to climb to the top of the bell tower for 5 euros a person. Not too bad of a climb. Around 200 steps give or take. Gorgeous views to see at the top!
Written July 5, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,864 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This site is in the center of the old town. The bell tower is above everything else. The interior of the cathedral is decorated in an Italian style. Very Catholic. And it is very big for this small town.
Written May 23, 2024
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Susan C
Barnard Castle, UK315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
As we visited on a Sunday, a service was taking place, so we stood quietly at the back until it ended. There was a large and beautiful mixed voice choir seated in the organ loft, which itself was a sight to see, apparently the largest in Slovenia.
Written October 27, 2023
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Pistachon279
Cancun, Mexico12,817 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
It is one of the icons in the town, just in the heart of the downtown, infront of a big square, next to others historicals buildings, full of restaurants, Coffee shops, sourvenirs and more
Written August 25, 2023
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Megan
Malinta, OH124 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, Canada1,634 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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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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 around.
The interior of the cathedral is quite bright and airy with its white walls, supporting columns and even the pulpit, all complimented by its black & white tiled floor. The interior is rich with decoration but not overly so. At the back of the church over the entrance door is a very impressive organ with tall pipes mounted in a gold casement. It is our custom when visiting religious houses to light and candle in exchange for a donation and this facility was available here.
Certainly worth a visit if you are in Koper.
Written July 17, 2022
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TJLK2013
Minneapolis, MN98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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 view of the exterior of Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower and the city below and considered calling it a day. Instead, we took the time to go in and we very pleased that we did. The church is not massive, but is beautifully proportioned, with a striking altar and interesting art some of which appeared to be for the stations of the cross and had a more modern feel. We were even more impressed with the back of the church - with its organ and spiral staircase - than the front. Late in the day, the light effect through some of the windows was beautiful even without stained glass.
Written July 4, 2022
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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,953 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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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is a beautiful cathedral but the highlight was the bell tower. The views are wonderful. To enter the church was free but it cost 5 Euros to climb the tower.
Written January 13, 2022
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