Photo and caption by Douglas Mayhew
This stairway is in Miramare Castle in Trieste, Italy. It was built in 1860. In 1914 the Archduke Franz Ferdinand lived here. He was assassinated, leading to the start of WW1. During WWII Miramare became a Nazi Officer’s school, saving it from bombardment. After the Nazis, it was used by New Zealand, British, and U.S. troops. It’s now The Historical Museum of Miramare Castle. When I took this photo I didn’t realize the history these steps had seen. Looking at it now, I imagine the players from royalty, tyranny, and liberation on these very steps. My camera is a Canon Powershot A630.
Location: Trieste, Italy