Piran

Tartini Square

more than a year ago

Already arguably the most impressive square in Slovenia, all debate was put to rest in 2008 when it was transformed into a pedestrian-only zone with outdoor cafés taking the place of parked cars. Fronted by two large neo-Renaissance buildings on one side and a mélange of smaller buildings of varying architectural styles on the other, the square itself is younger than almost all of them, having been part of Piran's harbour until it was filled in in 1884. The square's inner oval was given its distinctive shape when it served as the terminus for an electric railway that connected Piran to Portorož and Lucija until 1953, while its white marble surface was something of a posthumous gift to the late Tartini in 1992 on what would have been his 300th birthday. In addition to lending his name, the great composer is also represented in the square by a very photogenic statue standing near its centre.

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