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«…..Koper, alias Capodistria in Italian language , at the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea, is a town on the Slovenian coast, a coast which is only 46 kilometres long . This puts Slovenia on the 186th place when it comes to the length of countries coastline s , compared to Greece, which, if I am not mistaken, has the 13th longest coastline in the world .
The city of Koper has been known by many names in its long and turbulent history . As an island separated from the mainland by a canal, it was called Aegida by ancient Greek sailors, Capris by the Romans (who found it being used to raise goats), Justinopolis by the Byzantines. The patriarch s of Aquileaia who took over the town in the 13th century and made it the base for their estates on the Istrian peninsula, renamed it Caput Histriae, (Capital of Istria) of which its Italian name Capodistria is derived .
Koper's golden age came during the 15th and 16th centuries under the Venetian
republic. Trade increased and Koper became the administrative and judicial center for much of Istria. It had a monopoly on slat (at that time strategic goods) and 2 Koper's major was appointed by the doge in Venice. Hence the architecture of city's most prominent buildings , which are a mixture of Venetian Gothic and Renaissance styles. Between the two world wars Koper was controlled by the Italians, and after the 1954 London Agreement regarding the so called Free Territory of Trieste, Koper went to former Yugoslavia (and Trieste fell under Italian jurisdiction). Since Slovenia's independence, 25 years ago, Koper has become a bustling modern port city , providing the fastest gateway for overseas goods heading from Asia to central Europe.
Koper, Capodistria , is the place of origin of Ioannis Kapodistria's paternal family .
Kapodistria's ancestors belonged to a noble family named Vittore, and their roots in Koper date back to 1329. According to the family history, one branch of Vittore family emigrated to the island of Corfu, in 1337, due to the constant conflicts with another prominent Koper family, namely the Verzi's. Koper's archive burned down in 1380, soon after the departure of one of the branches of Vittore family to Corfu, so there are no historical records of the family anymore. The Vittori family in Koper had many estates in the hinterland, and they were landowners of two villages in Istria, namely St. Peter and Krkavče.
Their members occupied important state service s in the Venetian Republic (for your information 5 high officials – Podestas or Capitanos - from Koper became Venetian dodges) .
The Vittori family , however, became extinct in 1855 .
When Vittori family moved to Corfu , they changed their religion from Catholic to Orthodox and became Hellenized , as well as took up the new family name, reminiscent of their roots on the coast of Adriatic.
Ioannis Kapodistrias ' life and achievements are well known to most of you here present. It might not be so well known that Kapodistrias ' diplomatic functions brought him back to the lands of his ancestors . I n his role of Minister Plenipotentiary of Russian Tsar Alexander 1 st K apodistrias attended the meetings of Holly Alliance, a coalition created after the end of Napoleonic wars in 1815 by Russia and two other monarchist great powers of the t ime, Austria and Prussia. Count Kapodistrias participated in t he Congress of Laibach as it was called in German Laibach is nowadays Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia . Congress of Laibach , (January 26 – May 12, 1821), was the meeting of the Holy Alliance powers (all European rulers except those of Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and the papacy) at Ljubljana that set the conditions for Austrian intervention in and occupation of the Two Sicilie s in action against the Revolution in Naples (July 1820). It was at Ljubljana/ Laibach , too , that , on 19 March 1821, Russian Tsar Alexander 1st received the news of Alexander Ypsilanti's invasion of the Danubian Principalities, which heralded the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence. And it was from Ljubljana, that Kapodistrias himself addressed to the Greek leader the tsar's repudiation of his action …..»