Thursday, January 12, 2017

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 281

Trieste, Italy

Last week I shared a vintage photo postcard showing the cathedral Saint Justus in Trieste.  This week the card has a modern picture of the Piazza Unità d’Italia also in Trieste.  This card is a Giulia Schiberna edition printed in Italy. 

Trieste located in northeastern Italy near the border with Solvenia is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world according to Lonely Planet.  Its position is at the crossroads between, Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures that my friend says provides a very interesting mix of cultures and languages.  

A little bit about the ancient history tells us that this area has been inhabited since the second millennium BC.  The name probably comes from a word for market.  It became part of the Roman republic in 177 BC then was granted status of a Roman colony under Julius Caesar.  Sounds like a pretty interesting place to visit to me. 

Wikipedia and Google Image photos show remains of Roman ruins in Trieste’s Old City and several day and night pictures of various parts of the city.  The Castle of San Giusto took almost two centuries to complete and stands on the remains of previous castles built on the same site.  On one side the city is built on the hillside and foot of a steep mountain while the other side drops down abruptly toward the sea.  

Trieste was one of the oldest parts of the Hapsburg Monarchy.  As an important seaport, at one time was the 4th largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was involved in several conflicts at various times including World War I and World War II.

The Piazza Unità d’Italia shown on the postcard is situated between the more modern 19th century avenues and buildings and the old medieval city that has many narrow crooked streets.   It is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse culture stretching from antiquity to modern times.  Today the city remains one of the richest regions in Italy and is a center for shipping, shipbuilding and financial services.   

As always, my many thanks to my friend for sending the postcard.

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