The eclectic Castle Miramare was built between 1856 and 1860 by the architect Carl Junker as the luxurious residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium.
The castle is surrounded by a 22 hectar large park, which is home to numerous exotic trees and plants as well as a small castle, where Charlotte lived after her return from Mexico.
When I visited the castle on an early evening in June 2012 I was quite surprised to see that entrance to the castle grounds and the park was free. I wasn't really interested in visiting the castle itself as it was a lovely sunny day, just perfect for exploring the castle grounds and surrounding park.
Castle Miramare stands on a rocky cliff overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. The castle is located about 10 km north of Trieste's city centre. It can be reached by bus #36, which leaves every 20 minutes from the square Piazza Oberdan and serves a route via the train station along the coast road Viale Miramare.
Address: Castle Miramare, Parco di Miramare, Viale Miramare, 34151 Trieste
The area of sea surrounding the castle is populated by every species of sea organism existing in this part of the Adriatic sea. Therefor the Miramare Sea Park was created in 1973.
Miramare castle and its beautiful park, is really a "must see" if you visit Trieste.
The interior of the castle contains numerous works of art, and clearly reflects the taste and the habits of the Vienna Court. A great care has been taken on improving the castle.
On the photo, there is a part of the library with wooden ceilininng and the beautiful chandelier.
The Miramare castle is not too luxurious, but its location is increadible. From every corner of the castle there is a view onto the sea. The castle is suirrounded by a beautiful Park and at the time I visited Miramare it was blossoming with spring flowers.
Miramare castle is the famous residence of Maximilian of Habsburg and his consort, Charlotte of Belgium. The castle was built between 1856 and 1860 by Cari Junker. It is faced with bright Istria stone.
The Miramare Castle stands at the end of Riviera di Barcola, it was love nest of Maximilian of Hapsburg and Charlotte of Belgium. The castle was designed by architect Carl Junker in a Gothic style. Nowadays it houses Museum of Monuments and Fine Arts Service.
Many pitoresque corners can be seen around the castle, such as the pond of the swans and that of the lotus floewrs. However, the most beautiful part, at least to me, is the seashore which surrounding the castle.
Do not miss to check the fountain, situated in a beautiful park which leads to the small port bellow the castle. The castle was built in the most beautiful part of Riviera di Barcola and has its own beach.
It subsequently became Amedeo of Aosta's residenceand, nowadys is a museum entrusted to the Monuments and Fine Arts Service andits halls are open to the public.
BTW, it is not allowed takeing the picture inside of the castle area but I couldn't resisted.
Here the visit of the Mexican delegation marked the starting point of that process which was to lead both of them to a tragical ending, which drew a veil of romantic melancholy over the castle.
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