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Fondest memory: The Castello of Miramare (Miramar Castle) stands out at the end of the Riviera di Barcola. It is snow-white and surrounded by the sea, whose waves break against the rock of the basement. Miramar, the 'love nest' of Maximilian of Hapsburg and Charlotte of Belgium, was built between 1856 and 1860 by architect Carl Junker on the will of Maximilian himself. Here the prince and princess, still hesitant facing the choice between a retired life and their court duties but already prepared to take on the honour and burden of the Mexican crown, lived a short happy period. Here the visit of the Mexican delegation marked the starting point of that process wich was to lead both of them to a tragical ending, which drew a veil of romantic melancholy over the castle. It subsequently became Amedeo of Aosta's residence and, from 1943 to 1954, the headquarters of foreign military troops. Now the castle os a museum entrusted to the Sovrintendenza ai Monumenti (Monuments And Fine Arts Service) and its halls are open to the public. The park surrounding the castle is also wonderful, especially owing to the variety of trees that Maximilian himself chose and planted, which are now an unvaluable heritage. Many picturesque corners can be found, such as the pond of the swans and that of the lotus flowers, the Castelletto with Maximilian's bronze statue close by, and the small chapel where there is a cross made with the wreck of the 'Novara', the flagship with which Franz Josef's brother sailed from Miramar to be crowned Emperor of Mexico. Beyond the Park of Miramar, a marine park protected by the WWF and the expanse of water in front of it, is the Baia di Grignano, on the bottom of which the bronze statue of San Giusto by Tristano Alberti lies a memoryof the martyrdom of the patron saint of the town.
A bit farther, beyond the small harbour of Santa Croce and the Marina d'Aurisina, there is the splendid Sistiana Bay, and then the castle of Duino protrudes from the rocks jutting out over the sea.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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