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Located just beside the scenic marina in Piran, the Minorite Monastery, or the Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi, is a serene and spiritual destination. This complex, dating back to the 14th Century, includes a church, a monastery and a two-naved cloister, all seeped in a tranquil ambiance.

Getting There

Being in the center of Piran, the Monastery is easily accessible by foot. From the Tartini Square, it’s around a five-minute walk along the shoreline to the entrance. As Piran is a car-free town, any driving visitors need to park at the designated lots outside the city and make their way in on foot or by bus.

Attractions

The Church: An exquisite blend of Gothic and Baroque styles, the Church houses significant art, including a wooden statue of St. Mary and a painting depicting St. Francis of Assisi.

Monastery and Cloister: Explore the peaceful retreat where monks still live today. The cloister serves as a delightful and calm sanctuary.

Refectory: This is the venue for local art exhibits and occasional concerts, taking advantage of the room’s excellent acoustics.

Tickets & Pricing

Entrance to the Monastery’s church is generally free, though they do appreciate donations for upkeep. Fees may apply to attend certain exhibitions or events held in the Refectory.

Shopping & Dining

While the Monastery itself doesn’t have any dining or shopping options, it’s a stone’s throw from an array of seaside restaurants and local shops in Piran.

Tips

  • As it’s an operating religious institution, maintain respect during your visit and dress appropriately.
  • Don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy the peace of the cloister.
  • Check ahead for special events or concerts during your visit.

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