Regional Archives Koper, Piran Branch
|Pokrajinski arhiv Koper, Enota Piran|
|Savudrijska ulica 5, SI-6330 Piran-Pirano|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 673 2840, 386 (0) 5 673 2841|
|Fax||386 (0) 5 673 2841|
|Managed by||Regional Archives Koper|
|Nada Čibej, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 499 449|
|Alberto Pucer, Archivist|
The Old City Archives – Archivio Civico Antico in Piran were founded in 1877 by the Municipality of Piran-Pirano and hold the oldest archival material in Slovenia, dating from 1173 onwards. In 1891 the archives ceased to operate as an independent institution and were merged with the city library. The Piran archives have repeatedly changed their premises. In 1895 they moved to the premises of today's judicial building. The archives stayed in Piran during the Second World War due to a clever decision of librarian to place the collection under the stairways of the municipal palace, where they were walled up.
Together with the library, the city archives were moved to the City Museum (now the Maritime Museum Piran) in 1954, and a year later became an autonomous institution: the Municipal Archives Piran. The archives joined the Regional Archives of Koper in 1974 and moved to the premises of Minorite Monastery in 1975. The facility was not suitable for the archives and overcrowding continued until October 2009, when the archives finally got new premises at the place of the former Gasspar Gallery in the old centre of Piran, next to the city wall.
Among the most precious documents held in the Piran Archives, a gift act from 1173 and a document of Pope Urban III from 1187 can be named. They are the oldest in Slovenia. The copies of the oldest documents stem even from years 1036 and 1041. There is also the oldest fully-preserved Slovenian City Statute from 1307, which is famous for its legal accuracy, consistency and the municipal social care for the people. In addition, the following documents are held in the archives: 8,300 wills, around 1,800 parchment documents, letters, Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale di Venezia) documents, 170 Vicedominus books, and other valuable documents.