Antonio Lasciac

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Antonio Lasciac

I had less luck in Gorizia than in Cairo, where I became chief architect of Khedivé, Egypt's viceroy. But on the Rafut hill you can admire the eclectic villa I built when I came back home.

Dear visitor, I was an architect and engineer, formed at Vienna's Politecnico, but also a poet, musician and cultist of homeland history. I traveled a lot and worked in Rome and Naples, but mostly abroad: in Constantinople and above all in Egypt, between Alexandria and Cairo, where I was given the title of "bey" and where I designed palaces, villas, banks and public buildings.

My projects for Gorizia were often rejected (like the regulatory plan that redesigned it as a splendid "garden city") but my ideas often influenced colleagues of the time. Nearby, in the square of the hamlet of San Rocco, where I was born, I created a monumental obelisk fountain and on the Rafut hill I built a house in Moorish style, where I would have liked to go back to enjoy the beautiful Gorizia climate, if in 1914 the war hadn’t broken out.