12 Facts About Koper


The city's Port of Koper is Slovenia's only container port and a major contributor to the economy of the Municipality of Koper.

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Koper is the main urban centre of the Slovenian Istria, with a population of about 25,000.

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City of Koper is officially bilingual, with both Slovene and Italian as its official languages.

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Sights in Koper include the 15th-century Praetorian Palace and Loggia in Venetian Gothic style, the 12th-century Carmine Rotunda church, and St Nazarius' Cathedral, with its 14th-century tower.

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Koper is one of the main road entry points into Slovenia from Italy, which lies to the north of the municipality.

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Koper has a rail connection with the capital city, Ljubljana.

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The Slovenian name Koper was first attested in writing in 1557, but with the spelling Copper.

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Koper began as a settlement built on an island in the southeastern part of the Gulf of Koper in the northern Adriatic.

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One of Koper's bishops was the Lutheran reformer Pier Paolo Vergerio.

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Koper grew to become the capital of Venetian Istria and was renamed Caput Histriae 'head of Istria'.

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When Trieste became a free port in 1719, Koper lost its monopoly on trade, and its importance diminished further.

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In contrast with other European ports, which are managed by port authorities, the activities of the Port of Koper comprise the management of the free zone area, the management of the port area, and the role of terminal operator.

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