Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral) Tours
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The Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral) is a Roman Catholic church sitting high on a hill above the Slovenian port town of Piran on the Adriatic Coast. Considered one of the most impressive churches in Slovenia, it is also one of the most important landmarks in Piran, visible from Tartini Square in the center of town. Dating to the 14th century, it was reconstructed in the early 17th century in a Venetian Renaissance style. Around the same time, a bell tower was added that was modeled after St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice, followed a few years later by a Baroque style baptistery.
Visitors should look for two sculptures of St. George within the church, a larger one by an unknown artist and a smaller, silver plated sculpture made by a goldsmith workshop in Piran. Also of note are two large paintings from the early 17th century, several marble altars that were added in 1737 and interior frescoes that were restored in 2002-2005. The ground floor of the sacristy displays a variety of religious objects, as well as a wooden model representing an earlier version of the church. In front of the church is a large lawn that was once a graveyard. Today, it offers superb views over the Bay of Trieste and the town of Piran.
The town of Piran is accessible by bus, but not by train. Buses run regularly between Piran and Izola, Koper and Trieste and a free shuttle connects the town to Potoroz. From the center of town, walk to the church. The church is about a 10 minute walk from Tartini Square. The inner hall of the church is accessible only during mass.
Address: Piran 6330, Slovenia
Hours: Daily 7am-10pm
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral)
Hear stories of the history and legends in Piran on this guided walking tour. Stroll the stairs and cobblestone streets of the medieval-era town and admire the views of the Adriatic Sea from the peninsula. As you explore, your guide will tell you stories about Piran and its past inhabitants.
Discover the best of Piran, without being stuck in crowded tour groups, by opting for a private walking tour. Enjoy having direct access to your guide for questions along the way, and a more personalized experience. It’s a great way to tick off multiple top Piran sights in a day, including Tartini Square, the Church of St. George, and the First of May Square.
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
The excursion will start from selected starting point, Let’s discover the stories of old houses and old tiles, the legends of Piran inhabitants. The guide will take you through the tiny and narrow streets of Piran, to the main square, named after one of the greatest inhabitants of Piran – Giuseppe Tartini composer and violinist, to the church of Saint George, the patron saint of the town. From the church there is an amazing view towards the Alps and the Bay of Trieste.
Explore the narrow medieval streets and gorgeous Venetian architecture of one of Slovenia’s oldest and most beautiful cities on a guided walking tour of Piran. You’ll traipse up the hill above town to capture incredible panoramic photos of the city and then be rewarded with a local food and wine tasting. You’ll hear stories from your guide about the characters that call this part of the world home and leave with plenty of recommendations on how to best spend your remaining time along the Slovenian coast.
We are the first company who offered regular scheduled tours in Piran a couple of years ago, now specialised for private tours of Piran, with young team of licensed local guides who will present you this beautiful city through stories rather than pure historic facts that no-one finds interesting.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral) hours of operation?
Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral) hours of operation: Daily 7am-10pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral) ?
The best ways to experience Church of St. George (Piran Cathedral) are:
- Piran Walking Tour
- Piran Private Walking Tour
- Piran Old Town Walking Tour
- Piran Walking Tour with Local Wine and Food Tasting
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