Castles and Palaces

Loggia (Loža) on the Main Square of Koper (Capodistria)

A Gothic town loggia closes off the north side of the main square of Koper.opposite the Praetor's Palace. It is the only preserved Venetian Gothic city loggia in Slovenian Istria.

The loggia was built anew in 1462 to replace the old one that stood in the area of the Praetor's Palace. The work was done under the supervision of Nicholas from Piran, a master of the Venetian Gothic, and Thomas from Venice, a mason. The single story structure was built by 1464 and it had five slender decorated arches opening unto the square and a four arches facing Verdi Street. The other two sides were closed.

The plague of 1554-5 devastated the population of Capodistria. In 1556-7, the facade of the loggia was decorated with coats-of-arms (medallions), and that of Capello, the chief magistrate, was added on one side wall. At the same time, a votive terra cotta Gothic statue of the Madonna and Child was installed in a niche above the corner column, and seating was installed for the townspeople and noblemen.

The Loggia underwent a fundamental alteration in 1698 when mayor Marco Michele Salomon added a second story. The facade on the square was extended with two arcades which took away the western street facade. The extension of the Loggia filled the northern side of the square and thus completed the ground-plan of the hall-like square.  In 1698 a second story was added to the loggia and two arches from the west side were moved on the ground floor. 

View of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Also visible is the corner niche with the statue of the Madonna

View of the Preator's Palace

The pointed Gothic arches above the stone pillars are well preserved. The three middle arches reach the ground, which is three steps above the level of the square. Today, there are stone benches on the exterior side of the loggia by the square and the ground floor houses a cafe. On the second floor, accessible by a steep staircase on the east side of the building, are gallery premises. The side pair of arches is closed by a balustrade.



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