THE CATHEDRAL OF GORIZIA: A TREASURE TO DISCOVER

30/03/2020

We post this short documentary video that, thanks to the suggestions of the architect Lino Visintin, shows the urban layout of that part of Gorizia that rises around the Cathedral dedicated to Saints Hilary and Taziano and that, like Borgo Castello, narrates the origins of our city. Origins all to be probed, verified, with archaeological excavations that would need a plan that takes into account the few past, some of which date back to the fascist era (Roman bridge on the Isonzo and Roman military settlements) or more recently even early medieval Calvary.

The necessary and opportune works of the reorganization of Corte Sant'Ilario have already brought to light the mysteries of a city that wanted to forget its most glorious and fascinating past, the medieval one, to the advantage of that vulgate of those who would like a city bent only on the misfortunes of the twentieth century. That's a removal due to low-level politics or nationalism of various kinds.

A city that has written its history rarely on field research and scientifically verifiable data such as finds, excavations, archaeological surveys but reworking it on sacred texts and documentation, too often modulated according to the political moment. Few historians in Gorizia - we remember Silvano Cavazza in this regard - have tried to break down these stereotypes. Then some have done it with the seriousness of a continuous and out of the "official" schemes research like Attilia Colombo, whose house overlooks the octagon recently reappeared in the history of Gorizia, the symbol of Gorizia's "inconnĂ¹".

Here is, therefore, this map that shows the layout of the buildings centuries ago next to the Duomo, between Via Marconi, Piazza Cavour and Corte Sant'Ilario. Almost all of them, obviously restored during the centuries, are still inhabited. We will also talk in the future about the crypts kept under the Cathedral, which perhaps hide the remains of Paola Gonzaga, wife of the last Count of Gorizia, Leonardo.


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