Halberd, origins and history of the symbol of Trieste.

The city of Trieste has always fascinated us for many characteristics such as a border city, a combination of sea and mountains, a fusion of multiple languages ​​and dialects and cultures mixed with each other that are still alive today in the cuisine, customs and society itself. Our Trieste experience has its origins in the first post-war period. He took the progenitor of our family to seek his fortune and discovered a world!




Trieste has always been identified with the famous Halberd, used as a symbol on banners, representations and coins since 1236 under the bishopric of Volrico de Portis.



In the church of San Giusto, today the patron saint of Trieste, the primordial "spear" symbol of the city is preserved, which is presumed to belong to the Roman tribune Sergio of the 13th Apollinaris legion, a devout Christian who, on the verge of death, as a sign of devotion, precipitated on the city center a sharpened halberd with folded barbels.


An in-depth study with modern computerized analysis techniques suggests that the find is even older. The metal that makes up the halberd would have been produced at least a thousand years earlier, more or less around the period in which the tribune Sergio lived, martyred in 313 AD. "




Other peculiar characteristics were discovered after the in-depth study, such as for example single-piece forging without the aid of welding for the creation and the rustproofing of the surface, synonymous with oriental manufacturing due to the advanced techniques used. We tried to gild the find over the years but it was not possible thanks to the peculiarities of the metal used and the intrinsic absolutely antioxidant power.





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