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Historical Gem Unearthed in Koper: The Renovated Koper Rotunda

Nestled amidst the charming streets of Koper's old town, a seemingly humble structure, the Koper Rotunda, has recently emerged from extensive renovations, shedding light on its rich historical significance

Reputed to be the oldest edifice in the city, this round sandstone building, also known as the Rotunda of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Koper Rotunda has captivated historians and locals alike with its enigmatic past.

Dating back to the 11th century, the origins of this architectural gem are shrouded in mystery, with no concrete records pinpointing its inception. However, tantalizing clues from ancient church archives suggest that it served as a baptistery before 1213, a pivotal period marked by the construction of a new baptistery in the neighboring town of Izola.

The recent renovation unveiled remarkable findings, including traces of a baptismal pool believed to have existed as early as the 5th or 6th century, as noted by Mojca Marijana Kovač from the National Institute for the Protection of Cultural and Historic Heritage. These discoveries not only underscore the Rotunda’s deep-rooted history but also hint at its integral role in the religious and cultural fabric of the region across centuries.

As locals celebrate the revival of this ancient marvel, the Koper Rotunda stands as a testament to the enduring allure of Slovenia’s historical treasures, beckoning visitors to delve into its timeless mysteries and heritage.

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