4090 – Basilica cattedrale di San Giusto Martire IV

Did I say something about seriously mixed styles? Well, this church has them all 🙂

Did I say this is a dark church? Not only that. You also have to cope with extremely mixed light and a variety of color temperatures.

From above though the windows you get cold blue light, while the artificial light on the altars is extremely warm. In all of these images I have used gradients with different color temperatures to cope with that. All processing has been done in Lightroom.

4088 – Basilica cattedrale di San Giusto Martire II

Here we have the three main altars. The Image of the Day is of the altar of the center nave, and if memory serves me well, the image to the right is of the altar of the former right church, and the image on the left is of the left church.

Like seen so often in Italian churches, you can switch on the lights by inserting a coin. That’s what I did and what I’d recommend. Otherwise you’d miss out on the rich colors.

Even so it’s pretty dark. Thanks to the in-body stabilization of my camera I could use base ISO 200, but for the image of the right altar I was already at half a second. I suppose you could use a tripod, at least I have not seen a sign banning them, but I always prefer to cope without. It’s much less intrusive in a house of prayer. In any case forget about flash. It’s forbidden in most churches and museums.

4087 – Basilica cattedrale di San Giusto Martire I

On the inside, the church looks much like other Italian churches of that time, but if you look closer, you see not only three naves as in a usual basilica, but five of them – two of each original church and one big and new in the center.

The church is asymmetric (look at the columns on both sides), because the two joined churches were different in architecture. If you’re there, look into those details. It’s extremely interesting and pleasing.

4086 – Seriously Mixed Styles

So, this is the Cathedral, or with its full name the “Basilica cattedrale di San Giusto Martire“. Seriously mixed styles, huh?

That’s something you see frequently in Italy. Churches started as re-purposed Roman temples or secular buildings. When the first church in this place was built, in the 6th century, the Western Empire had already fallen. Trieste was a small city at the fringes of the Eastern Empire, frequently besieged, sometimes conquered. Every time those churches were destroyed and rebuilt, fragments were reused. The current building is from the 14th century, when two older churches were fused and the Gothic rose window was broken into the wall as a tribute to the then modern architectural style.

One could see this fusion of styles as impure, but for me it contributes much to the feeling of age, history and individuality.

4085 – Lapidario Triestino

Trieste’s cathedral is on a hill overlooking the old town. You can get up by car (by help of a navigation system or supernaturally good instincts), by elevator from a parking garage at the foot of the hill, or via a long flight of stairs, shaded by old trees.

I used the elevator, but if you have enough time for the walk and are able and fit enough, I’d recommend the stairs. On your last meters to the right, you’ll see the entrance to the Lapidario, basically a collection of ancient stone fragments, mostly of Roman origin, I suppose. But then, I skipped it, and when I look at the video on the Orto Lapidario‘s site, I certainly regret it. Next time 🙂