Gorizia Things to Do

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    Duomo di Sant'Ilario e Taziano

    by mikey_e Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is believed that this Cathedral began its existence in the 1200s as a small place of worship next to which the graves of city notables were added during the 14th century in a Funerary Chapel in Gothic style. By 1525 there was a presbytery and a central nave. The church was gradually embellished with many murals and works of art that are still visible today. There are also some remarkable jewels, gifts of the Empress Theresa of Austra to the Archbishop of Gorizia.

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    Palazzo Attems-Santa Croce

    by mikey_e Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Palazzo Attems-Santa Croce in the background

    This historic structure was built in 1740 by the architect Nicolò Pacassi, but the only parts of the original structure that remain are the foundations/layout and some parts of the building facing towards the gardens. It underwent massive restoration during the 19th and 20th centuries, when neo-Classical elements were introduced to the façade of the Palazzo and the garden was adapted to the Romantic notions of the time. Nevertheless, the Palazzo Attems Santa Croce preserves many of the features of an earlier age of architecture, particularly the 16th century Veneto penchant for divergent styles for the lower and upper halves of the building. Today the Palazzo Attems-Santa Croce serves as the seat of Municipal government for the city of Gorizia.

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    Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio

    by Pinat Written Jul 9, 2009

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    In my opinion, it is the most exquisite cathedral in Gorizia. The construction of this church was started in mid-1600s and the masterpiece, with unique onion-shaped domes, was completed in mid-18th century. The aisle leading to the main altar is divided into small side chapels, each decorated with interesting murals.

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    Jewish Heritage in Gorizia

    by Pinat Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Inside the synagogue (Pic from the web)

    The synagogue of Gorizia was destroyed during World War II and later reopened in 1947 by Jewish American soldiers stationed in the town. It was remodeled in 1984 is currently an oratory named after Abraham Vita Reggio and home to the Gorizia Central European Institute of Hebrew studies. The museum next door is often referred to as "Little Jerusalem on the river Isonzo", and shows plaques commemorating historical events and people from this small community.

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    Castello di Gorizia

    by Pinat Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Castello di Gorizia

    Castello di Gorizia (Gorizia Castle) is from the 11th century along with a chapel a few years later. Once the centre of administrative activity, today it is the main tourist attraction of the town. It is in the old part of the city with houses just as old. It is made of stone and even has dungeons.

    The castle is furnished with medieval furniture, armoury, musical instruments, paintings and frescos. It is surrounded with trees, pasture, along with natural and cobblestone trails. Along the sides it has a very long hallway with windows all along side it to view the country side nearby and vineyards. You can also climb up the commanding towers of the castle if you want to experience the most breath-taking view of the city.

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    Piazza Transalpina

    by Pinat Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Piazza Transalpina

    This is the first piazza you will see in Gorizia if you come by train as the central railway station is located here. Piazza Transalpina is of great significance to both Gorizia and Nova Goricia. When the town was divided, the railway station went to Nova Goricia while the hotel of the railway station fell on the side of Italy. Since 2004, there are no more boundaries and only a row of flowerpots sits along where once the boundary wall had been.

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    Piazza Transalpina

    by Mikebond Updated Jan 8, 2008

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    This tip deals with the most touching moments of my visit to Gorizia, because "I am Europa" and the Piazza Transalpina ("Transalpine square") has become the symbol of the European reunification started on 1st May 2004, when eight Central and Eastern European countries, including Slovenija, joined the European Union.
    The square lies where the Iron Curtain had been erected, splitting the town of Gorizia in two sides (afterwards the Yougoslavian government built Nova Gorica, "New Gorizia") and dividing many families. The works to demolish the curtain started in 2003 and ended up on 30th April 2004, when the new square was revealed to the public during a ceremony for Slovenija's joining the EU, when fireworks and the Hymn to Joy were played. I wanted to go there, but I didn't because I wouldn't have had any train to go back to Trieste. So, I stayed at home in Rovigo and watched the show "Welcome in Europe" from Berlin and Warszawa, with artists and politicians from the ten new EU-members.
    So, back to the square... The building you see is the former Stazione Transalpina ("Transalpine railway station"), now the Nova Gorica railway station. The mosaic was designed by Franco Vecchiet. The plate in the middle of it replaces the boundary stone.
    If much refers to a future of peace for the two peoples, four big panels reminded you that you were standing at the State border between the two countries that was forbidden to cross. You were allowed to move freely only in the square.
    However, this last border between the two "sisters" definitely fell on 21st December 2007, when Slovenija joined the Schengen area granting free movement to European citizens all over the EU.
    I will put the photos of the Slovenian side of the square in my Nova Gorica page and, maybe, all the pics of the Piazza Transalpina in my Europe page.
    If you go to Gorizia, you really must go to the Piazza Transalpina, otherwise your journey will not be complete.

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    Parco della Rimembranza

    by Mikebond Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    Parco della Rimembranza ("Park of Remembering") is the worth seeing place I mostly enjoyed in Gorizia after the Piazza Transalpina, although neither is a church or a museum.
    I liked this park for being right in the centre of the town, close to the beautiful Corso Italia, and for the statues and inscriptions to remember the local soldiers who died in the two world wars. Some of them conveyed me the same feeling of hope for a better future as the mosaic and plates of the Piazza Transalpina.
    The photos in this tip shows the natural aspect of the park. To see the monuments, visit my travelogue.

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    Sinagoga

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    The synagogue was built in 1756 and restored in 1984. It is open to the public, but I didn't visit it. The ground floor hosts the Museo di Gerusalemme sull'Isonzo ("Museum of Jerusalem on the Isonzo"), about the town community and its protagonists. One of them was linguist Graziadio Isaia Ascoli (1829-1907), who invented the names of Tre Venezie ("Three Venices"): Venezia Tridentina (present Trentino), Venezia Euganea (present Veneto) and Venezia Giulia (the provinces of Gorizia and Trieste).

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    Palazzo Attems Petzenstein

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    Palazzo Attems Petzenstein

    Palazzo Attems Petzenstein projected by Nicolò Pacassi, was built for Sigismondo d'Attems (Sigmund of Attems) between 1733 and 1745. Inside, one can visit the provincial art gallery with paintings by local artists, mostly of the 18th century. Unfortunately, I didn't visit it, but I hope I'll go there next time.

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    Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    The chiesa di Sant'Ignazio is one of the most relevant baroque monuments in the area. Works for its construction started in 1654 and lasted one century.
    The façade is impressing: in the middle appears the statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola with his schield and the monogramme IHS. The interior is as amazing. You should visit it at any cost! Meanwhile have a look at my Travelogue.
    It's a pity that a parking area lies in front of this marvellous church.

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    Piazza della Vittoria

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    Piazza della Vittoria ("Victory square") lies in front of the chiesa di Sant'Ignazio. Originally, this area was covered with grass, thus it was called Travnik in Slovene, i.e. "meadow".
    Here you see the fountain with Neptun and the Tritons, by Marco Chiereghin on Nicolò Pacassi's design (1756), restored in 2001.

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    Castello

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    Here is the medieval castle of Gorizia. I wanted to visit the inside, but I couldn't find the entrance! However, the outside is very beautiful, too, and you can enjoy a beautiful panorama from there.

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    Chiesa di Santo Spirito

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    The little chiesa di Santo Spirito was built between 1398 and 1414 and restored in 1988. It provides an important example of late Gothic architecture when the Venetian style met the Nordic influence.
    I took two picture of the inside from outside because the church was close. The painting above the high altar depicts an Assumption by a Venetian artist of the 16th or 17th century.

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    Musei provinciali di Borgo Castello

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    the Taxis' house with the museums
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    Three provincial museums are located in Borgo Castello: the Museo della Grande Guerra ("Museum of World War I") and the Archaeological collection in the Taxis' house, as well as the Museo della moda e delle arti applicate ("Museum of mode and applied arts"). I photographed the two buildings that host the museums, that I didn't visit for lack of time.

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