The monument of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was also known as Sissi, was errected in 1912. It was designed by the Viennese artist Franz Seifert.
Just about 5 years later it disappeared again due to an anti-Austrian atmosphere in Trieste. It was only in 1997 that the city administration reinstalled the bronze monument again.
The Empress Elisabeth of Austria Monument stands in a small park in the middle of the square Piazza Liberta, which can be found right in front of the main train station.
The Irish writer James Joyce, who was born in Dublin and died in Zurich, lived from 1904 to 1915 and 1919 to 1920 in various buildings in Trieste.
During his time in the city he worked on several of his writings, including "Dubliners", "A portrait of the artist as a young man" and also "Ulysses".
A statue to remember his time in the city was unveiled in October 2004. It was created by the sculptor Nino Spagnoli.
The James Joyce statue stands on the bridge over the Canal Grande, right in the heart of Trieste's city centre.
The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Chiesa dell’Immacolato Cuore di Maria) was completed in 1950 after designs of the Italian architect Umberto Nordio.
It stands on the site of an even earlier chapel of the same name dating back to 1927.
The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is located close to Trieste's central train station. It can be found at the street crossing of Via Ruggero Manna and Via S. Anastasio.
Address: Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Via Ruggero Manna 6, 34134 Trieste
The neoclassical Church of San Antonio Nuovo can easily be recognised by its six Ionian columns and the large cupola. The roof is topped by statues of local martyrs.
The church was built between 1828 and 1849 after designs of the Italian architect Pietro Nobile. Nowadays it is the largest Catholic church in the city.
The Church of San Antonio Nuovo is situated in the Borgo Teresiano district at the northern end of the Canal Grande.
Address: Church of San Antonio Nuovo, Piazza Sant Antonio, 34132 Trieste
The twin-towered Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolo dei Greci was erected between 1784 and 1787.
At the beginning of the 19th century its façade was redesigned in neoclassic style by the local architect Matteo Pertsch, who was also responsible for many other historic buildings in Trieste.
The Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolo dei Greci stands right at the front of the sea promenade, a bit north of the the main square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.
Address: Church of San Nicolo dei Greci, Riva III Novembre 7, 34121 Trieste
The 32 metres long Evangelical Lutheran Church (Chiesa Evangelica Luterana) is the only Gothic church in Trieste. It was designed by the Prussian architect Zimmermann from Wroclaw. The constructions were carried out by the local architects Berlam and Scalmainini, who completed the church in 1874.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church stands at the square Largo Panfili, not far from Trieste's Central Post Office (Posta Centrale).
Address: Evangelical Lutheran Church, Largo Panfili, 34132 Trieste
The history of the Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore dates back to the 17th century, when it was built by the Jesuits, hence it is also known as Jesuits Church.
It is the only Baroque style church in town and at the time of construction it was also the largest religious buildings in Trieste.
The Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore stands just next to the evangelical Church of San Silvestro. Both churches can be found at the foot of the San Giusto hill, just behind the main square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.
Address: Santa Maria Maggiore, Via del Collegio 6, 34121 Trieste
The Church of San Silvestro (Basilica di San Silvestro) is said to be the oldest place of worship in Trieste. Its history dates back to the 12th century, when it was built in Roman style.
Until the late 18th century the church was used by the Catholics, whereas nowadays it is in service for the Reformed Evangelist community.
The Church of San Silvestro stands just next to the Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Both churches can be found at the foot of the San Giusto hill, just behind the main square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.
Address: Church of San Silvestro, Piazzetta San Silvestro 1, 34121 Trieste
The Revoltella Museum was opened in 1872 in the palazzo belonging to Baron Revoltella (Venice 1795-Trieste 1869).He decided that the art gallery had to be useful to those who “engaged in the study of the fine arts”.
Thanks to the frequent purchases and substantial donations made to the museum from the early years, the collection soon outgrew the exhibition space available, and the Municipality of Trieste decided to purchase the two buildings contiguous to the Baron’s 18th century residence, Palazzo Brunner and Palazzo Basevi.
In 1963 Carlo Scarpa was commissioned a project to extend and refurbish the three buildings. The works took a long time and only after several years and a few partial openings, was the museum completed and inaugurated in 1993. In 1995, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Baron Revoltella’s birth, the museum undertook the renovation of the Baron’s residence, giving new life both to the reception rooms and to his private living quarters, and retrieving all the furniture and ornaments that had been Iying for decades In the museum storerooms. The floors, part of the furnishings and the chandeliers were restored and some of the wall tapestries replaced.
From the rather small number of works originally owned by the Baron, the museum’s collection grew considerably over a short period of time. Works of art were purchased from the main Italian and foreign exhibitions (Munich, Vienna, Turin, Venice Biennial Exhibition, Rome Quadriennial Exhibition, Trieste exhibitions) and, especially at the start of the century, several large donations were made to the museum. The collection covers a period of time from the early 19th century to the 1960s. There are examples of neoclassical sculpture and early 19th century painting. There are several works of the second half of the 19th century, documenting the success of the regional schools, of the orientalist movement, and of foreign, especially transalpine, art traditions.
Trieste is allied with the old Austria and the culture of Mittel Europe. This is visible in the archtecture of the town.
Every August in the small town Giassico, Near Trieste, the birthday of the Austrian Emperor Franc Josef is celebrated. People from all cornes of former Austr-Hungaian Empire gather. At the head of the table, for the guest of honour, stands an empty chair.
A villa built in the 18th century by Fontana family Worth to see furnishes, ornaments,library,the civic museum,and the collection Rusconi.
You can visit it all the year, Tuesday to sunday, 9am-1pm.
In this period, beacuse of works in the villa, is possible to visit the building only booking the visit. (tel. 040 310500/308686, fax 040 300687)
The Castle was built in 2 centuries,(1470 and 1630). All around it there is a Venetian bastion (1508-9), the Hoyos-Lalio bastion and the Pomis, or "Bastione fiorito" dated 1630. Nowadays the Castle - in which several rooms, including the Sala Caprin, are open to the public - houses a Museum displaying historical weapons and is regularly used for the staging of exhibitions, events and, in the summer, open-air shows. A walk on the Castle ramparts and bastions gives a complete panorama of the city of Trieste.
The Trieste Botanical Gardens were founded in 1842 for the experimental planting of Ausstrian black pine in the Karst. It has always had a scientific purpose and today includes ‘offiicinal’ plants which I understand serve pharmaceutical purposes as well as houseplants, ornamentals, lotuses, edible plants, wild plants and even poisonous plants. They do a serious job of research on the plants and exchanges with other scientific horticultural institutes. Part of their stated goal is to be “an island, albeit artificial, of floristic diversity which plays a strategic part in the conservation of biodiversity, and therefore in the survival of mankind itself.” And here I thought it was just a bunch of pretty flowers! Seriously though, I am glad to see this undertaking and it enhanced my elementary appreciation of the lovely flowers and plants.
The original garden experiment was entrusted to Barolomeo Biasoletto, a botanical pharmacist and he is memorialized with a nice statue in the gardens. As you can see in one photo they even have a place for tired tourists to relax and figure out where they are.
They are open only in the mornings 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. all year round Monday through Saturday.
One more view on to the busy street. Shops and boutiques with italian fashion, door to door, a sights for sore eyes And when you get tired there are many outdoor coffeess, with delicious cappuccino, or icecream or a drink. Rest and enjoy...
Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the Roman Catholic churches of Trieste, just outside Piazza Unità and next to the Protestant church of Saint Silvester. That shows the religious tolerance Trieste has always had.
It lies on a flight of steps built in 1627 in the via del Teatro Romano, while the church itself was built by the Jesuits in 1682 and then enlarged by Andrea Pozzo.
The inside is rather dark and I don't like it much. Worth seeing is the chapel of the Madonna della Salute ("Madonna of Health") with a sculpture attributed to sculptor Sassoferrato (17th century). The people of Trieste have been worshipping this statue since it save them from a cholera epidemic in 1849.
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