Cathedral of St George

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Piran , Slovenia
Street Adamičeva ul 2
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Piran is watched over by the hilltop cathedral mostly dating from the 17th century. If time allows, visit the attached Parish Museum of St George , which contains church plate, paintings and a lapidary in the crypt. The cathedral's free-standing bell tower dates back to 1609 and can be climbed. The octagonal baptistery (1650) has imaginatively recycled a 2nd-century Roman sarcophagus as a baptismal font. To the east is a 200m-long stretch of the 15th-century town wall complete with loopholes.

The church was founded in 1344 and was rebuilt in baroque style in 1637. It is currently undergoing a massive rebuilding, and visitors are allowed only into the choir to view the magnificent marble altar and star-vaulted ceiling.