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Concrete, Church, Brutalism

Project timeline

1963 – 1965



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Loc. Contovello 455
34100 Trieste

Current state


Also known as Change this

Santuario Nazionale a Maria Madre e Regina

Architect Change this


Article last edited by Bostjan on
April 13th, 2018

Temple of Monte Grisa Change this

Trieste, Italy
by Antonio Guacci Change this
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The Temple of Monte Grisa is a Roman-Catholic church north of the city of Trieste. Located at an altitude of 300 metres on the edge of the Karst Plateau it is a conspicuous landmark. It is overlooking both the former Austro-Hungarian neo-Classical port and the Adriatic Sea.

It was built at the initiative of Antonio Santin, since 16 May 1938 Bishop of Trieste and Koper. Seeing the riots between the Nazi-German occupiers and the Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale on 30 April 1945 he made a vow to erect a church, if Trieste was saved from total destruction. The city was saved and in 1959 Santin obtained permission from Pope John XXIII to build a pilgrims church dedicated to the Holy Mary as a symbol of the peace and unity of all people.

The temple was designed by Antonio Guacci, after sketches by Santin. The triangular structures should evoke the letter M as a symbol of the Holy Mary. The church was built in between 1963 and 1965, after a first stone had been laid on 19 September 1959. Santin inaugurated the church on 22 May 1966. On 1 May 1992 Pope John Paul II visited the temple. In 2010 restoration works took place.



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