Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 18, 2017

Worn faces

The stunning Trieste Cathedral is dedicated to San Giusto. It was consecrated in 1385. It is an amalgamation of two 5th Romanesque churches.

Trieste Cathedral

The church has a Gothic Rose window and a short bell tower constructed in the 13th century using Romanesque debris. It has a 14th century sculpture of San Giusto holding a martyr’s palm and a model of Trieste.

Trieste Cathedral

Trieste Cathedral

Inside the church are Byzantine mosaics created in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Trieste Cathedral

Trieste Cathedral

I find it amazing that it is possible to walk on centuries old floors and admire art created by long dead artisans. It was worth coming to Trieste for this building alone.

Trieste Cathedral

I particularly loved the worn faces on the exterior of the building. I wonder who the models were.

Trieste Cathedral


Trieste Cathedral

Beside the church are the remains of Roman Forum.

Trieste Cathedral

The cathedral is high above the city in a beautiful park. It is possible to climb to the top of the tower for great views, but we were there too late in the day. We must return.


  1. I agree with you when you say “I find it amazing that it is possible to walk on centuries old floors and admire art created by long dead artisans” I had the same feeling seeing the wooden churches and painted monasteries in Romania…..

    • This little church was stunning. I am also amazed that each one is different from the next.

      • That’s what is so marvellous about historic places

  2. I love those Byzantine mosaics! Well, the whole church is a jewel. Thank you for sharing.

    • The church was wonderful. It is quiet small, but packed with stunning things.

  3. You have a unique way of highlighting the interesting and the beautiful in all the places you visit.

    • Trieste is lovely and this church was a highlight.

  4. I find it amazing how close we can get to history and walking on it. I felt the same way at Machu Picchu that we could talk and walk on the terraces and plaza stones!

    • Isn’t travel wonderful?

  5. The gold mosaics remind me of Monreale cathedral in Sicily. In your very first photo it’s interesting how they have had to set the door off centre, even Giusto doesn’t stand above the door in the second photo. It all adds to the charm 🙂

    • I loved this charming little church. It was a lovely surprise.

  6. This is a rare classic that has stood the test of time.

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