"Venetian House" Venetian house Tip by Willettsworld

Venetian house, Piran: 15 reviews and 25 photos


This red corner house on Tartini Square is a fine example of 15th century Venetian Gothic architecture. The corner Gothic balcony is the most impressive. Between the windows on the second floor there is a stone relief of a standing lion; under which you can read the inscription "Lassa pur dir" (Let them talk). According to tradition, there is a legend attached to the inscription, as follows:

Once upon a time when Piran was a part of great Venetian Republic, and maritime trade between the European countries and the Orient was flourishing and many a rich merchant was strolling in Piran. They were making bargains in the harbour, waiting for the loading of their merchandise, and in the meantime getting acquainted with the native population. One day a native Venetian merchant fell in love with a beautiful native young girl. He used to come to town and bring her precious gifts, and eventually even decided to build her a palace near the harbour, next to the Loggia. He wanted to show to her the strength of his love, and to show the people of Piran his wealth. The envious citizens were chitchatting about the enflamed couple and the resentment spread so violently that they devised a means for their own defence, namely the inscription still preserved on the fašade of the palace.

Address: Tartini Square
Directions: north of Tartini's Square

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 6, 2006
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