Castello di Miramare (Miramare Castle), Trieste, Venezia Giulia, Italy

The building of the Miramare castle dates back between 1856 and 1860. It was the favorite residence of Maximilian of Habsburg, brother of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, during his stay in Italy, as Viceroy of north-eastern Italy, until 1859-1866 ruled by Austria.

He was offered to become the Emperor of Mexico in 1864. He was later shooting by republican Mexican Army in 1867.

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Trieste is a city in Northeast Italy. Once a very influential and powerful center of politics, literature, music, art, and culture under Austrian-Hungarian dominion, its importance fell into decline towards the end of the 20th century. Today it is often forgotten by tourists who rather go to Rome and Milan. It’s a charming city with a quiet, almost Eastern European atmosphere, pubs, cafes, some stunning architecture, and beautiful sea views. It’s the capital of the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and has about 200,000 inhabitants. It is situated on the crossroads of several commercial and cultural flows: German middle Europe to the north, Slavic culture and the Balkans to the east, Italy and the Latin countries to the west and the Mediterranean to the south.