According to written sources, former inhabitants started the salt-making at the beginning of the 12th century. Since salt was an important raw material for the economy of the town, they also needed a main storehouse for the salt. The tavern was built into the defensive wall surrounding the town, and was also connected to the gateway to the port, or St Martin’s gate, on the north, and to a small fortification, intended to protect the port, on the south. After the Koper salt evaporation ponds were closed in 1912, the salt storehouse became obsolete and the building started being used for other purposes. In the period between the two World Wars, Ferdinando Forlati, an architect from Trieste, repurposed the building by creating large separation openings on the side overlooking the sea, and placing different spaces within these separations. The external façade boasted a high-quality stone water basin and a Venetian lion holding the crest of Nicolo Capello, podesta of Koper, from 1412.

Few years ago the tavern has, once again, undergone a thorough renovation. Today, Taverna is a multi-purpose event facility hosting various concerts, shows, dancing, singing and culinary events, etc.

General information

Types of events and shows Entertainment, music, cuisine, sport
Maximum number of visitors 800
Deadline for submission of applications At least 30 days before the scheduled event
Application Application for the use of Taverna
Price list Price list – Taverna
Additional information Koper Public Institute for Youth, Culture and Tourism
T: +386 31 665 118

Technical equipment

Event stage measuring 50m2
Audio and video equipment YES
Stage lighting YES
Projection screen YES
Event chairs YES

Additional equipment

Electrical cabinets YES
Access to the water supply network YES

The facility also provides access to a small changing room and toilets.