Temple of Monte Grisa

Temple of Monte Grisa

The Temple of Monte Grisa (Italian: Santuario Nazionale a Maria Madre e Regina) is a Roman-Catholic church north of the city of Trieste.[1] Located at an altitude of 300 metres on the edge of the Karst Plateau it is a conspicuous landmark, seen by many, visited by few.

It was built at the initiative of Antonio Santin, since 16 May 1938 Bishop of Trieste and Koper.[2] Seeing the riots between the Nazi-German occupiers and the Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale on 30 April 1945 he made a vow to erect a church, if Trieste was saved from total destruction. The city was saved and in 1959 Santin obtained permission from Pope John XXIII to build a pilgrims church dedicated to the Holy Mary as a symbol of the peace and unity of all people.

The temple was designed by Professor Antonio Guacci, after sketches by Santin. The triangular structures should evoke the letter M as a symbol of the Holy Mary. The church was built in between 1963 and 1965, after a first stone had been laid on 19 September 1959. Santin inaugurated the church on 22 May 1966. On 1 May 1992 Pope John Paul II visited the temple. In 2010 restoration works took place, because the concrete had suffered from alkali-silica reaction.


  1. Monte Grisa Temple on www.carsokras.eu
  2. Antonio Santin in the German Wikipedia

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Coordinates: 45°41′35.20″N 13°44′57.18″E / 45.6931111°N 13.7492167°E / 45.6931111; 13.7492167

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