1st of May Square was originally called Stari trg (The Old Square) or Piazza Vecchia, as it once was the main square and many of Piran’s main streets lead towards it. In the middle of the square there is a stone reservoir for rain water which was built after a severe drought in the 18th century. The gutters of nearby houses were connected to the reservoir. The water seeped through the stone which cleaned it and was then gathered in a large fountain. It was pumped up with a manual water pump which remains preserved to this day. Two statues adorn the entrance to the square, Justice and Law.