SAN GIUSTO Castle & Cathedral, Trieste

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    The Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    The Castle overlooks the top of the hill and the town. It was built on the ruins of a pre-existing Venetian castle by the Venetians themselves between 1470 and 1630. It has a triangular massive structure and three ramparts at the top of the walls.

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    Forum Romanorum

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    Here, in the '30s an excavation brought to light the remains of the Roman Forum with its civil basilica, built on two storeys with two rows of columns, two of which have been replaced on the ground floor. The restoration that followed the excavation has also enhanced the dimensions of the Castle, which is the guardian of a long part of history as the works for its construction, based on the ruins of the previous castles, almost lasted two centuries.

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    The Chatedral of San Giusto

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    On the left side of the Cathedral is the bell tower which looks like a defense tower. It was built between 1337 and 1343 on a pre-existing Romanesque bell tower. Originally there was a round stone ornament on the spire, called "melon", which is now the symbol of Trieste. Above the entrance to the bell tower you can see a niche with a lancet arc with the statue of San Giusto, the protector Trieste.
    On the left side of the Cathedral is a basrelief showing the papal insignia and the coat of arms of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Bishop of Trieste and then Pope with the name of Pius II. You can also see three bronze busts representing Pope Pius II and the Bishops Andrea Rapicio and Rinaldo Scarlicchio, who found the relics of the martyr Giusto.

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    The Cathedral of San Giusto

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    The facade is asymmetrical with two slopes and is made of sandstone. At the centre you can see the big Gothic rosewindow in white stone composed by two halo of rays with 36 little columns. This was completed at the end of the fourteenth century, when the two primitive churches of San Giusto and Assunta were joined togehter.

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    The Chapel of San Michele al Carnale

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    Next to the Cathedral, on the left side, you will find the Chapel of San Michele al Carnale from the 13th c. It was used as a funeral chapel for the cemetery near the church. Under the chapel is the crypt, which is supported by arches basing on columns with Roman capitals.

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    The Cathedral of San Giusto

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    The complex of San Giusto Cathedral is a must see when visiting the town of Trieste. It is situated on the Capitoline hill and you can easily reach it on foot through the flight of stairs of S.M.Maggiore Via Donata, or through Scala dei Giganti.

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    Piazza San Giusto

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2006

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    Piazza San Giusto is situated on the Capitoline hill, right above the huge port of the town.
    In the sixth c., a large house of worship was erected on what remained of the structures of a Roman propylaeum, probably the entranceway to a commemorative monument, usually called "Tempio Capitolino" because an alter pyramide had been found there with the symbols of the capitoline triad - Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Only a section of the original floor mosaic, which is part of the present flooring, has remained and shows the perimeter of the palaeochristian walls which were destroyed in the Lombard invasion.

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    San Giusto Cathedral

    by paoseo Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    Upon the hill that dominate Trieste there are San Giusto Castle and San Giusto Cathedral.
    The construction of the Cathedral started in the 6th but then was destroyed in the Lombard invasion. From the 9th to the 11th centuries on the ruins of the old church were erected two basilicas; the first was dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and the second to St. Just (San Giusto). In the 14th century the 2 basilicas were joined by means of the demolition of one nave of either basilica and the construction of a simple asymmetrical façade, dominated by a delicately-worked Gothic rosette, as ornate as the new bell-tower, using the Romanesque stones found on the site and friezes of arms.
    In the square in front of the church there is an altar commemorating the consacration and laying down of the arms of the 3rd Army, a column with a halberd and a Monument to those who died in the I World War. Archaeological excavations carried out here in the 1930s laid bare the remains of the Roman forum and civic building constructed on two colonnaded floors with two apses.
    An iron gate from the Cathedral square leads to the Lapidary Garden that contains Roman and Medieval relics discovered in Trieste and the Region.

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    San Giusto

    by maykal Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Sculpture Park, Trieste

    Head up the hill behind the amphitheatre, and eventually you will reach the cathedral of San Giusto and the castle. Possibly the most touristy place in the city, although not exactly heaving with coach parties, this hilltop square is home to Roman bits and pieces, the odd broken column, remains of walls...and a bizarre sculpture park!

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    Take about 2,341,667 steps to...

    by oja Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Take about 2,341,667 steps to the San Giusto castle on top of the hill in the centre. You're very likely to gasp heavily when you reach it, but you'll find more than just a nice view there. Its ice-room for instance, which I found extremely pleasant on such a hot day. Unfortunately it's locked, I could just push my hand inside trough the window.

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  • Colle di San Giusto

    by maksim_caine Written Aug 25, 2002

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    it's a kind of strange mixture of architecture: Roman ruins, the romanic Cathedral of San Giusto (very beautiful mosaics) and a venetian fortress - but I think it reveals the city's interesting history very well.

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    The Castello

    by ciaobellamici Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One afternoon, I wandered up the hill to the castello and was delighted to find a lovely place to enjoy the siesta.

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    The backyard of the castle...

    by oja Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The backyard of the castle sports this great lapidarium (I'm not sure if this is a correct English expression, but I think you get the idea). It would be a shame to miss!

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