VICTORY Lighthouse, Trieste
Yes, I know there's more than one but, when you arrive by the coast road at night there's a shining thing on the hillside that demands your attention.
I'll never forget it. Checking it out all the way in as I drove I thought to pull up at the first opportunity and take a picture.
Finally there was a parking spot. I alighted from the car. I looked left and right. No lighthouse. Couldn't see it anywhere but, I knew it was close. How close? It was right behind me!! As we say in Australia, "How embarrassment."
On the Colle di Gretta (Gretta Hill), architect Arduino Berlam erected the impressive 70-meter-high Faro della Vittoria (Lighthouse of Victory) in white Istrian stone. On top of the lighthouse is a scaled dome on which a bronze winged Victory stands. The sculpture was made by Giovanni Mayer, and at the foot of the lighhouse is the anchor of the "Audace", the torpedo-boat destroyer (invented and constructed in Rijeka - Croatia) from which the first Italian soldiers landed in 1918.
The Faro della Vittoria accomplishes two functions: it enlightens the Trieste gulf and commemorates the seamen fallen during WWI, with this inscription: SPLENDI E RICORDA I CADUTI SUL MARE MCMXV - MCMXVIII (i.e. "Shine and remind people of the fallen in the sea 1915-1918").
The copper statue on the top of the lighthouse dome represents the Victory. It was made by sculptor Giovanni Mayer.
The lighthouse was built from 1923 to 1927, when it was inaugurated by King Vittorio Emanuele III.
The Province of Trieste reopened the lighthouse to tourists in 1986. However, only the lower part of it can be visited.
You will see this building if you arrive in Trieste by train. It's from the train that I took these pictures.