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The Cathedral church of Mary’s Assumption stands right in the centre of Koper on a square called Titov trg. It stands on the site of a former Roman basilica and was built in Romanseque style in the second half of the 12th century. The façade combines Gothic lower parts and Renaissance upper parts that were added following a fire in 1460. The decorative Renaissance elements are the most distinctive on the west side, built in 1488, and in the chiselled details, such as the portals.

The interior of the cathedral was renovated in Baroque style during the 18th century. The cathedral has many wonderful treasures such as: the big altar painting of Madonna with Child on the Throne and Saints, painted by Vittore Carpaccio in 1516; a decorative stone sarcophagus of Koper’s patron saint, St Nazarius, (a 6th century bishop), that dates from the 14th century; numerous quality paintings by Venetian artists such as Liberi, Celesti, Beltrame, Zanchi and Gianelli; and the organ that is decorated by Carpaccio’s paintings - The Presentation in the Temple and The Slaughter of the Innocents.

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