Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Duino Castle

We have already glimpsed Duino castle in this old post, but we were really a long way away. This time we are in the castle courtyard.

The new castle of Duino dates back to about the year 1400, when the family Wallsee commissioned the construction of a strong fortress. Over time, the Wallsee family disappeared and the castle, after being used as a prison, became the residence of the Luogar and Hofer. At the end of the 19th century it became the property of Prince Alexander Johann Vincenz Rudolf Hugo Karl Lamoral Eligius von Thurn und Taxis from the Czech Branch of the House of Thurn und Taxis. It remains with the family to this day with his great-grandson Prince Carlo Alessandro della Torre e Tasso, Duke of Castel Duino the current owner. The castle has been opened to the public as a museum and park (wiki).

8 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Thurn und Taxis? The enemy of Tristero in "The Crying of Lot 49"?
Beautiful place and, from the other post, quite high over the sea.

Hilda said...

It looks quite impregnable as a fortress! Fantastic!

And I would just like to say that that is the longest name I have ever heard of!

Hilda said...

Oh, and NEW? At more than 600 years? Goodness.

Babooshka said...

Mianland Europe for me has the best of everything including architecture.

Gallimaufry said...

Trieste has the best of all worlds: the ancient, the medieval, the modern.
Thanks for the tour :)

Blognote said...

You took this magnificent building from a perfect angle! Bravo!

amatamari said...

Davvero bella immagine, mi piace la prospettiva ed il gioco di colori...potrebbe essere un quadro

grazie

Carrie Hayes said...

I do have a soft spot for Castles!! Great photos