Cathedral of St George
Parish Museum of St George
Church plate, paintings and an unusual statue of St George slaying the dragon, with a woman curiously holding the monster by a lead, can...
The cathedral's freestanding Bell Tower, built in 1609, was clearly modelled on the campanile of San Marco in Venice and can be climbed...
One of Piran’s most eye-catching structures is the red 15th-century Gothic Venetian House with its tracery windows and balcony in the...
This cafe in a classical building opposite the Venetian House is a wonderful place for a drink and people-watching on the square.
There’s an outdoor marketin the small square behind the Municipal Hall.
Cathedral of St George information
Lonely Planet review
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.