St. George's Cathedral

Piran, Slovenia

Above the compact Piran town centre reigns St. George's Cathedral, which gives the city its special character. It was probably built in the 12th century, but no exact data in this regard exists.

In the 14th century, it was built to its present size. In the year 1344, on the Day of St. George, the cathedral was consecrated by nine bishops from near and far. It acquired its present appearance after Baroque renovation in the year 1637. The Bell Tower was completed in 1608, and the Baptistery in the year 1650. During these years, reinforcements were made to the hill on which the cathedral rests.

The supporting walls were built in the year 1641, and on the sea side, the hill was fortified with stone arches. The construction of the stone arches began in the year 1663 and lasted until 1804. They were seriously dilapidated due to the effects of erosion, and thus had to be reconstructed and restored in 1998.

In the year 1737, St George's Cathedral acquired seven marble altars. Of the preserved works of art, the two sculptures of St. George are particularly worth seeing. The larger one is from the 17th century and is the work of an unknown sculptor. The smaller one is silver-plated and was made by a Piran-based goldsmith's workshop. The wall paintings are the work of the Venetian school. The two big paintings (Mass in Bolsena and St. George's Miracle) date from the beginning of the 17th century and were painted by Angelo de Coster.

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Founded: 1344
Category: Religious sites in Slovenia

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Davis Zambotti (3 months ago)
We have been visiting Piran for few hours on our day trip. The church stands on a hill and from the top of the cliff you have an amazing view of the town and of the coast. The church is dedicated to St. George and is very bright and nice. When we have been visiting there was an artist that was playing an arp and made a very magical and relaxing atmosphere. Loved it.
Hümeyra Çolak (3 months ago)
I have not got inside. But the area has the best view. Beautiful sunset colors
Tibi N (4 months ago)
Nice city view.
Lex Universe (2 years ago)
Just pass the red Venetian house which represents the adriatic Gothic and start climbing up to the St. Jury church and monastery, dominated by a tall bell tower that provides beautiful sights of the whole peninsula.
Amos Reynolds (3 years ago)
Beautiful church. View from clock tower is amazing!
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