PPAC: Piran 1. – Church art

This is the first post in my new public art challenge series. We will spend several weeks in Piran on the Slovenian coast and admire its many art forms, styles and shapes. Let’s start with some of its many churches and chapels.

Even though my parents have had a house in this small but extremely pretty town on a peninsula just south of Trieste for over a decade and I take photos all the time, the photos in this series were all taken over ten days this July and on that September day when I was fortunate enough to be able to show Piran to my visitors from Oregon. When we drove over from Tuscany, Piran was our first stop in Slovenia and my parents welcomed us with open arms.

The series will include sacral and profane, sharks, Bosnian painter Safet Zec, writings on the wall, and an Iranian sculptor, among other things. Even though I’m not a church-goer, let me start with churches and chapels, considering how many there are here and how pretty they are.

Most of the smaller churches have eternally open doors with a railing so that you can see inside but cannot enter. There is one with an especially elaborate floor design that I always like to visit.

At the end there is a view through the window that stopped me in my track twice this summer. There is a light that never goes out.

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write

This day in my blogging history

Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

26 thoughts on “PPAC: Piran 1. – Church art

  1. Oh, Manja, you’ve done it again! What sweet statues on the front of the building. Those might be called either bas relief or haut relief. I looked it up in a sculpture dictionary. I love your comment about a man on the roof! LOL, I do that all the time. I thought there was a huge machine coming down the path at us yesterday. It was a shadow and a bunch of people. I look forward to this new PPAC series.

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  2. I’d heard Piran is lovely. It certainly looks so in these photos and I’m looking forward to seeing more over the next few weeks 😀 Your favourite floor reminds me of a patchwork quilt! And how interesting that you saw ‘Liberation Day’ here!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. Oh yes, Piran is special. It is truly astonishing, the selection in this cinema. The man in charge (I’m not good with these expressions, especially in English: vicar? pastor?) of this church and cinema is a well-travelled, open man. I’ve seen one other film here which was equally bizarre (but I liked it less), The Square.

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  3. So cool, Manja! Did you knowingly quote a Smiths lyric by the way? I daren’t patronise you by quoting it assuming you know which one I mean? Lovely church shots. I have to say though that my favourites are the one with the dog (what a portrait! You can really sense its character) and the last one as it looks so painterly.

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