Trieste, Italy: Shrine of Mary Mother and Queen
About the City of Trieste:
In what is probably one of the more magnificent views in Italy is a shrine dedicated to the Blessed Mother at Monte Grisa in Trieste.
The city of Trieste lies in far Northeast Italy close to the borders of both Slovenia and Croatia. During the latter stages of World War Two, the Germans were threatening to destroy the ports as they withdrew. The local Bishop vowed that if the city was spared he would dedicate a monument to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the city was, indeed, spared.
About the Basilica of Mary Mother and Queen:
Since the city was spared destruction, the Bishop kept his vow and construction on Basilica began in 1959, with the first Mass was held here in 1965, while the Basilica was still under construction. The building might be called ultra-modern, in contrast to many of the Churches in Italy.
It was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1969 and his blessing was bestowed upon all who visited there.
Traveling to Monte Grisa in Trieste:
Trieste has an airport with flights from Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, and Venice as well as countries such as the U.K., Germany and Austria. There are larger airports in Venice and Milan, and in nearby Slovenia and Croatia.
There are frequent trains from many cities both in Italy and other European countries. Please note that the main train station is Trieste Centrale. The other station, Villa Opicina, handles trains from Slovenia but does not connect directly to Trieste. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
Address: Località Contovello, 455, 34017 Trieste, Italia
GPS coordinates: 45° 38′ 58.2936” N, 13° 46′ 36.5448” E
Tel: +39 040 225290
Click here for the official website of the shrine of Mary, Mother and Queen in Trieste (mostly in Italian).