Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monte Grisa Temple

Few people had a go at guessing, but Luisa soon let the cat out of the bag. Yesterday's photo showed a small area inside the "National Temple dedicated to Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen". This very unusual church, constructed in 1945 and consecrated in 1966, rises majestically up on the ridge of Monte Grisa at 350 m above sea level and can be seen from many parts of the city.
It has two floors, and is made up entirely of triangles . This is why the people of Trieste refer affectionately to this temple as "El formagin" ("the little cheese", a term used to refer to cheese triangles).

7 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Locals have an unfair advantage in this type of quiz...
I was googling desperately!

chrome3d said...

What a magnificent structure. 60´s architecture was so wacky. They donm´t make them anymore.

Luisa from Toronto said...

Sorry, I got excited! It's been a few years since I've been to Trieste and your picture brought back many memories! The view of the city from there is amazing. It's great for a good hike too!

Hilda said...

Unusual architecture alright! Very striking, including those orange doors.

Hope you'll take us inside sometime! :)

Vogon Poet said...

I forgot to say that I like this shot and the building either.
It seems to be in very good shape (no pun...).
"El formagin" is a very apt nickname!

amatamari said...

Evviva el formagin!!!

Alix Edwards said...

Well I am English and this church, the silence around it and the wind howling through it has fascinated me since I was 6 years old - and being from England where we only have flat cheddar cheese - my childhood and family name for this temple is 'the beehive'