Castello di Miramare (Miramare castle) was built in 1855-60 for Archduke Maximilian of Austria, later briefly emperor of Mexico. It is now owned by the State and houses a historical museum. From the terrace and the park (bronze statue of Maximilian) there are magnificent views of the sea, which is protected as a nature reserve, the Parco Marino di Miramare.

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Ian Middleton is a freelance travel writer and photographer from the UK. He is the author of three travel narrative books and one travel guide to ancient Ireland, Mysterious World: Ireland. Ian’s photography has been published in Mysterious World: Ireland, Lonely Planet, Living Abroad, Bradt Travel Guides and the Guardian Newspaper. His images are also sold as canvas wraps, fine art prints and on a variety of other media.

Ian also runs regular photography workshops in Slovenia and the UK.

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