Stock Exchange Square, Trieste
The Old Stock Exchange Palace (Borsa Vecchia) is one of most impressive neo-classical structures in Trieste. It was built in 1806 by the Italian architect Antonio Mollari.
The facade is dominated by four massive columns which hold a triangle roof with a clock. Nowadays, the building is home to the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicraft and Agriculture
The Old Stock Exchange Palace can be found at the square Piazza della Borsa, right in the heart of Trieste's touristy city centre.
Address: Old Stock Exchange Palace, Piazza della Borsa 14, 34121 Trieste
Although the Tergesteo is a shopping mall, part of its appeal derives from its unique place in the architectural history of the city of Trieste. It was constructed between 1840 and 1842 and was one the last great structure in neo-Classical style before Ecclecticism took hold of Triestine architects. The Tergesteo has not had an easy existence, partly because it was located amongst various other large structures designed for similar purposes. It was supposed to be a commerical centre for the businesses of the city, but many of them failed (the various Stock Exchanges are located in the same square and thus provided competition) and so part of the building was taken over as headquarters for Lloyds Austrian (1842 to 1883). Afterwards, it went back and forth between public and private hands, with a disastrous period during WWII (when it was used as a store), the damage from which was only reversed by a massive restoration completed in 1957.
The Tergesteo's somewhat unique design is in part due to the Belgian architect Bruyn, who helped to incorporate competing desires for the layout of this arcade. It was completed in a cross-pattern that shunned, in part, earlier suggestions for massive copulae and huge Ionic columns. During the restoration that lasted until 1957, the architect Psacaropulo completed this more modest design by enclosing the copula and the walkways with a glass and iron skylight. The combination of the two styles - Bruyn's neo-Classical designs and Psacaropulo's modern glass-and-iron windows - help to give the Tergesteo a very unique feeling, even in a city remarkable for its architectural grandeur.
Palazzo Dreher was planned by the Viennese architect Emil Bressler in 1909-10 and modified by the Triestine architect Gustavo Pulitzer-Finaly in 1928 to house the New Stock Exchange. For this reason, it is also referred to as "Palazzo della Borsa Nuova".
The Museo Commerciale ("Commerce museum") has its seat on the first floor of this building. It shows material about the history of commerce in Trieste.
The palace of the Old Stock Exchange is an excellent example of Triestine Neoclassicism. It looks like a Doric-style Greek temple. Its façade is decorated with four statues representing the four continent known at that time when Oceania was still to be discovered. They were made in 1806 by Venetian artists: Europe and Africa were sculptured by Bartolomeo Ferrari, Asia by Domenico Banti and America by Antonio Bosa, the disciple of Canova's who sculptured the statues on the façade of Palazzo Carciotti as well.
The statues on the first floor portray Vulcan and Mercury, while the four statues on the balustrade depict (from the left to the right) the Danube, the Genius of Trieste, Minerva and Neptune.
Today this building is the seat of the local Chamber of Commerce. Sadly, there is are always cars in front of it, so it is difficult to take a good picture of the façade.
Piazza della Borsa is a small square which is situated just a foot from Piazza d'Unita. The neo-Classical building dominates on the square (the Stock-Exchange Square), designed by A.Mollari in the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays it houses The Chamber of Commerce.
In the centre of th Piazza della Borsa you'll notice a large bronze statue that blends perfectly with this Piazza dedicated almost entirely to Neo-Classical architecture. In truth, the statue far pre-dates most of the buildings here and was erected in 1660 in tribute to Emperor Leopold I of Austria.
The Palazzo della Borsa Nuova or Palazzo Dreher is most notable for its curvilinear façade. Unfortunately, it doesn't occupy as prominent as place within the Piazza della Borsa to be noticed right away, but it is still a fine architectural specimen and deserves at least some of the tourist's attention (especially if you've just photographed the Palazzo della Borsa Vecchia).
The Palazzo della Borsa Vecchia (now Camera di Comercio) is a fine example of neo-Classical architecture that was constructed between 1806 and 1809. It is located in Piazza della Borsa, a smart square that, although named after the stock exchange, is certainly not dominated by the building. The building is a tribute to the once important role that Trieste played in European commerce because of its positioning as a major port on the Adriatic (consider Genoa and its importance in insurance and commerce). Obviously, the stock exchange in Trieste is not of major commercial importance, as the main trading centre in Italy is Milan, but it is still an important part of the city's history and, architecturally, a major part of the city's heritage.
In piazza della Borsa stands the Borsa Vecchia, housing today the Chamber of Commerce and famous for the monumental pronaos that the architect Mollari positioned on its facade. To the right stands the Tergesteo, a 19th century building constructed as a business centre. To the right stands the Palazzo Dreher, this is the current Stock-exchange building.
The Palazzo della Borsa Vecchia, or Stock Exchange Building, is one of the most interesting buildings in Trieste. Completed in 1806, it is very powerful-looking with its Neo-Classical architecture, Doric columns, and statues. It now houses the Chamber of Commerce.
Mollari's neo-classical design, erected at the turn of the 19th century, utilized the talents of others to fulfill his dream.
A. Bosa and his son were responsible for the bas reliefs symbolizing Industry, Trade, Plenty and Shipping. Pretty relevant seeing it is the original stock exchange building, now superceded by the one next door.
The ground floor statues represent Asia, Mercury, Vulcan, Europe, America and Africa.
The upper level ones depict the Genius of Trieste, Neptune, Minerva and the Danube.
Yep, I still like it!
I've reached a decision. Perhaps it's not a momentous one but, I did make it. I've decided this is my favourite commercial building in the whole world.
Certainly it's not the largest by a long shot, then again it's not the smallest either! So, I hear you think, why does this crazy man rate this building so highly. In a word, proportion.
Mollari's masterpiece has an exquisite balance of things that I like; from the statues at the base to the bas reliefs, shuttered windows and frescoes above, all preceded by those standout Doric columns with clock set atop, it has this wonderful feel about it. I returned a couple of times in my wanderings just to see if my initial feelings were still apparent. They were.
What looks like a religious Greek temple in doric style is in fact the very unreligious palace of the old stockmarket. On the façade you can still see the effigies of many Greek gods and goddesses: minerva, mercurius, and vulcano. Thesee days the building is used as a chamber of commerce for the city of Trieste
The statue of Austrian emperor Leopold 1st (1673) dominates Piazza della Borsa ("Stock Exchange square") from the top of a high column.