CASTELLO MIRAMARE - TRIESTE
MIRA IL MARE - LOOKING OUT OVER THE SEA!
WHAT SHOULD YOU SEE IN THE CASTELLO MIRAMARE?
WHAT DOES MIRAMAR MEAN?
The white fairytale castle gets its name from its location. Miramare - overlooking the sea.
ARCHDUKE MAXIMILIAN OF AUSTRIA
The castle was built in the mid 19th century by the Habsburg Archduke Maximilian of Austria, brother of the Emperor Franz Joseph. He has known here in the early years of his marriage to the Belgian princess Charlotte some happy years before he was sent to Mexico in order to become the Mexican Emperor. Unfortunately he was killed there at the ago of only 35 by the Republican supporters.
His sister in lay Sissi, wife of the Emperor Franz Joseph came here regularly to visit them.
During the World War II it served as a headquarter for the US officers but in the fifties it was turned into a museum. It is now one of the most visited sights of Italy.
WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?
As is said Castle Miramare is one of the most visited places in Italy. This is partly due to its imaginative architectural style but also thanks to all the original 19th century furniture which is still present. It is also located in a beautiful spot, on top of a rocky cliff to Grignano fishing village, near the capital Trieste overlooking the Adriatic Sea. In the distance you can see, on a clear day, the hills of the nearby Slovenian coastline.
The castle is surrounded by a large botanical garden in different styles. Here trees and plants are growing whose seeds come from places all around the world. Some of which were personally planned by the Archduke Maximilian.
The castle is open every day of the year except December 25th and January 1st. For more information on the opening hours o.a click on this link.