Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Piran

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The Piran Minorite Monastery is a Roman Catholic monastery located on the hill above Piran, a port town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in southwestern Slovenia. It is operated by the Conventual Franciscans.
Early historyThe first church on top of the hill was already built in 1301, when a nearby church begun to be built by Greyfriars. Historiographers of the monastery (Trani, Granić in Frasson) wrote that Giuseppe Tartini received his first musical education in the monastery where his parents hired a room for him after 1700 A.D. From 1954 to 1990, it was nationalized and with denationalization it was given back to the church in 1996.
Tartini familyAt 300th anniversary of Giuseppe Tartini's birth, blueprints of old gravestones including the one belonging to Tartini's family, were found in the monastery's archives.
Leading to the cloister there is a half-arched portal adorned with richly carved columns, bearing an architrave with an inscription and coats of arms.
The atrium of the monastery has been for decades the venue for Musical Evenings of Piran events.
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  • The church is on the hill overlooking the town and its location is superb.It dominates the town (alongside the adjacent tower) and there are lovely views over the town. Inside the church there is, as....  more »
  • We found the guide here invaluable in understanding the recent history of this church. Especially during the communist era. Some of the art works are now in Italy and await repatriation. Look out.....  more »
  • I recommend this place to visit. It is cute cozy place with white walls. Everything seems newly repaired. Very near the city center. Unfortunately the place is completely empty, nobody lives or works here
  • The Campanile is a copy of the one in St Mark's Square in Venice. Enter the tower and climb the wooden stairs to the top for an extraordinary view of Piran.
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