Facts About Koper
- Koper, also known as Capodistria, is a coastal town in southwestern Slovenia. It is the country’s only commercial port and the largest city in the Slovenian Littoral region.
- Koper’s historic Old Town features well-preserved medieval architecture, narrow streets, and charming squares. The Venetian influence is evident in the town’s architecture, reflecting its past as part of the Venetian Republic.
- The town’s economy relies heavily on its port, which handles cargo and passenger traffic. Koper’s strategic location on the Adriatic Sea makes it an important transportation and logistics hub.
- The city hosts various cultural events throughout the year, including the Koper Summer Festival, featuring music, theatre, and dance performances. The Carpaccio Festival celebrates the renowned Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio, who spent part of his life in Koper.
- Koper is home to the Cathedral of the Assumption, a stunning Venetian Gothic-style church that dominates the city’s skyline.
- The city’s Italian name, Capo d’Istria, dates back to ancient times and can be found on historical maps and sources in various European languages. The city was also known by other ancient names, such as Ægidia and Justinopolis.
- The city of Koper is officially bilingual, with both Slovene and Italian as its official languages.
- Koper is twinned with: Buzet, Croatia; Ferrara, Italy; Jiujiang, China; Muggia, Italy; San Dorligo della Valle, Italy & Žilina, Slovakia.
- The city’s Port of Koper is Slovenia’s only container port and a significant contributor to the economy of the Municipality of Koper.
- The Port of Koper stands as one of the two designated cruise ship locations in Slovenia. In Koper, the ships conveniently dock at a berth within walking distance of the City of Koper itself.
|officially Language||Slovene and Italian|
|Total Area||13.0 km2 (5.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft) above sea level|