Titov Trg

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Koper , Slovenia
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In almost the exact centre of old Koper, Titov trg is a beautiful square full of interesting buildings; mercifully, like much of the Old Town’s core, it is closed to traffic. On the north side is the arcaded Venetian Gothic Loggia built in 1463; attached is the Loggia Gallery .

To the south, directly opposite, is the gleaming white Praetorian Palace , a mixture of Venetian Gothic and Renaissance styles dating from the 15th century and the very symbol of Koper. It contains the town hall, with a reconstructed old pharmacy and the TIC on the ground floor, and exhibits on the history of Koper and a ceremonial hall for weddings on the 1st floor. The facade of the palace, once the residence of Koper’s mayor who was appointed by the doge in Venice, is festooned with medallions, reliefs and coats of arms.

On the square’s western side, the Armoury was a munitions dump four centuries ago. Opposite is the Cathedral of the Assumption and its 36m-tall belfry, now called the City Tower , with 204 climbable stairs. The cathedral, partly Romanesque and Gothic but mostly dating from the mid-18th century, has a white classical interior with a feeling of space and light that belies the sombre exterior.

Behind the cathedral to the north is a circular Romanesque Rotunda of John the Baptist (Rotunda Janeza Krstnika), a baptistery dating from the second half of the 12th century with a ceiling fresco.