The hill of Muggia Vecchia, with its panoramic view that sweeps from the sea coast to the hinterland, has a profound effect on the emotions.
Situated at the southern end of the province of Trieste, close to the border with Slovenia, the hill rises to a height of 170 metres above sea level. At the top there is a broad expanse of level ground bounded by steep slopes on three sides.
This marvellous position, together with the sandstone it possesses in abundance, has ensured that the settlement here has continued, in one form or another, for almost 3000 years. Inhabited since the protohistoric period, when the high ground was terraced and enclosed by the great walls of the hill-fort, it then became a settlement in Roman times, and a flourishing town in the Middle Ages.
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption has been the heart and soul of the hill since the Dark Ages, and is the only building to have survived almost intact over the centuries.
On the occasion of the Jubilee of 2000 the remains of many houses were discovered, their value assessed, and the site transformed into a museum.
Given the importance of these remains, the hill has become an archaeological park thanks to the combined efforts of the Diocese of Trieste, the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Departments for the Archaeological, Architectural, Artistic and Historical Heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Municipality of Muggia and the CRTrieste Foundation, which has supported the project financially.
A route equipped with information boards placed all around the park helps those exploring the place on their own to understand its importance, letting themselves succumb to an atmosphere redolent of bygone times.
To welcome guests to the park, apart from the striking Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, there are the Pilgrim’s House and the Parish House, which set forth the activities described on the relevant pages of this site.

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“castellum nomine Mugla, adiacens supra littus oceani maris in comitatu Istriense” 931 d.C.

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